Friends of Chernobyl's Children is a registered charity which devotes its energies to raising funds to bring children, who are at risk, from
Belarus to the United Kingdom for a month every year. The charity targets children from disadvantaged homes, aged between seven and twelve. These children often come from a
social background that makes it difficult for them to get the care they need.
Through her daughters' school newsletters, Jane invited parents to attend an evening talk on the subject with a view to inviting children to Woking to stay with local host families. The meeting was a great success and generated much of the enthusiasm and commitment that was required to get the charity up and running; the committee for FOCC Woking was established and in September 2007, the group welcomed 10 children aged 7 years old for their first visit with their new host families.
Thanks to Jane, Woking FOCC was officially up and running! Following the set up phase, Caroline Waters took over as Co-ordinator and successsfully managed the first five annual visits. Karen de Snoo took over the role in 2013 and works alongside a dedicated committeee that continues to help Belarusian children today.