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Stirling Castle to host Ukrainian children for health-giving Chernobyl charity

16 July 2012

Historic Scotland is helping children affected by the Chernobyl disaster to enjoy a happy and healthy experience at Stirling Castle, as part of a wider charity programme to improve the youngsters’ wellbeing.

Twelve Ukrainian children, currently enjoying a month’s respite in Scotland to boost their immune systems, are visiting the Castle on Friday, July 20th to find out more about the Castle and its prominent and exciting role in Scottish history.

The event has been organised by the Dunfermline and West Fife branch of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL), which brings a group of youngsters to Fife every year for four weeks of fresh air, uncontaminated food and fun, plus dental and eye check-ups.

At Historic Scotland, Learning Development Officer Castle Kirsten Wood said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event as part of our Learning Services work to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The visit will provide an enjoyable and fun learning experience, when the youngsters will find out how people once lived in the dramatic setting of Stirling Castle.”

Local co-ordinator of the CCLL visit, Carol Dean said: “Although the Chernobyl disaster took place in 1986, the effects of radiation and heavy metal contamination continue to blight many lives.

“Having four weeks of fun, good food and a clean environment in Scotland significantly boosts the children’s immune systems – and fun is a main ingredient at Stirling Castle. From the spectacular site, to the kitchens and Great Hall by way of costumes from Learning Services, the history is delivered in such an engaging way.

“Each group of children loves the visit, and even the most reluctant boys cannot resist chain mail and helmets.”

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline was established in 1992. Since then, over 150 Links have been established throughout the United Kingdom, raising money to support the children of Belarus and Ukraine affected by the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  These innocent victims have to deal with the harshest of living conditions and the continuing effects of the disaster. For further information on the charity, visit

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                       Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805