Friends of Chernobyl's Children

17th June 2019

 

We were delighted to welcome the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children to Barkers Kitchen for lunch.

Celebrating 25 Years of helping the children in need, FOCC is a national charity which devotes its energies to raising funds to bring children who are at risk, from Belarus to the UK for a month every year.

In October 1994 one little Belarussian girl came to stay in Lancashire with Olwyn Keogh MBE, the now Founder / Director of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children charity. The impact of that first visit initiated the beginnings of the FOCC and the following year 50 children came from Belarus for a four week recuperative visit to East Lancashire.

Since then the charity has grown nationwide and today there are over 20 FOCC groups across the country. The charity targets children from orphanages or disadvantaged homes, aged between six and thirteen. These children are in great need and come from social situations that make it difficult for them to get the care they require at home.

 

We enjoyed having the children here and look forward to welcoming them back next year.