OVER thirty years after the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on the evening of 25th April 1986, children from the third generation that are still affected will paid a visit to one of Denbighshire’s most beloved farms yesterday.

Chernobyl Children Life Line, a charity that supports children who have inherited low-level nuclear radiation from their parents, has travelled with fourteen children from Belarus and Northern Ukraine to stay with host families for a month to enjoy uncontaminated food, fresh air, sunshine and exciting trips which the area has to offer.

Gerrie Bayley, chairperson for the North Wales branch, said: “It is important that the children do these activities, that they get outdoors and into the fresh air, seeing things that they will never see again.

“We have had children go on to study at university after visiting Wales because the trip opens their eyes beyond their village and they’re shown a different life.

“We have even been told by parents, doctors and teachers that upon returning the children look much healthier. They are less likely to get flu, when catching flu four to five times a year is normal.

“We help this boost to their immune system by providing the children with a year’s supply of vitamins.

“It is amazing what one month can do.”

As part of their trip, orgthe children have visited Tal Y Bryn farm, the home of Llaeth y Llan, to observe how their yoghurts are made and see the farm’s surrounding grounds and gardens.

Gareth Roberts, co-owner of Llaeth y Llan gave a brief presentation about the history of his family business that was established in 1985, a year prior to the disaster, and shared his memories from that time.

The children were then taken on a tour of the factory, witnessing first-hand Llaeth y Llan’s award-winning yogurt being made through the viewing gallery set up for guided tours, before tucking into a lunch provided by Mr Roberts and his wife, Falmai, at their family home on the farm.

Mr Roberts said: “We are very glad to be able to accommodate the children here at our facility.

“It is very hard to think that thirty years down the line, there are still victims suffering the effects from the disaster.”

Mr Roberts added: “It brings great joy to me and the family to be able to contribute to the children’s experience and enjoyment here in North Wales.

“I do hope the charity does return to Llaeth y Llan in the near future with more visitors.”

To find out more about the Chernobyl Children Life Line’s North Wales branch, visit www.ccll.org.uk/northwalescoast, or to learn about Llaeth y Llan and arrange your own tour, visit their website at villagedairy.co.uk