A unique fundraising venture to support the work of the Chernobyl Children’s Appeal has been taking place in Mahon’s Hotel in Irvinestown over the Christmas period. Christmas baubles are being sold with the aim to raise money to bring children affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster on respite visits to Omagh and Fermanagh next summer.

Jane Weir, Chairwoman of the Chernobyl Children’s Appeal said: “Each bauble bears the name of a child from Chernobyl that has benefited from a respite visit to Omagh and Fermanagh. People can either take the baubles home for their own Christmas tree or hang them on the Christmas tree in Mahon’s Hotel, reminding us that these children do not enjoy fresh air, water and food that we take for granted.”

She continued: “Their health is still affected by a nuclear disaster that happened before they were born, over 30 years ago. Research has proven that a three week visit to Fermanagh extends their life expectancy and reduces their radiation levels.”

“The Chernobyl Children’s Appeal is extremely grateful to Joe Mahon for allowing us to hold this fund raising event at his hotel and to everyone who has bought baubles so far,” Jane concluded. If you would like further information on the event or the charity please contact Jane on 07519665089.