Twelve children from the town of Korosten, just miles from the Chernobyl exclusion zone in northern Ukraine were yesterday (Monday 15 August) given the chance to relax and have fun in the snow at Snow Factor Braehead.

Their slide into Scotland’s only indoor real snowsports destination is part of a month-long visit to Scotland organised by the Ayrshire link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity.

The visit is designed to give the children, all aged between 9 and 12 years old, respite from an area that’s still heavily contaminated as a result of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in 1986.

Snow Factor, Scotland’s only indoor real snow facility has supported the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity for the past seven years.  Michael Lafferty, Chairman of the charity’s Ayrshire Link explained: “We are again indebted to Snow Factor Braehead and other attractions which are generously supporting the visit of these children by offering free adventure and dining experiences.  Coming to the likes of Snow Factor and Bar Varia is the type of fun experience these Ukrainian kids will cherish.”

Lafferty explained that the charity requires over £10,000 per year in order to give the children the chance to visit Scotland and enjoy respite from the contaminated area around the former Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their visit, children are hosted by a number of families from across Ayrshire.

Jamie Smith, owner of Ice Factor International, commented: “Snow Factor is proud to once again welcome the children to Snow Factor for sledging and winter fun.  We hope they all have a fantastic time during their stay in Scotland and leave with wonderful memories to share with their friends.”

Earlier this year, Snow Factor Braehead was named Scotland’s Best Family Day Out at the Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards.