Simple pleasures such as paddling in the sea or a day at the zoo will be the highlights of a holiday in August for a group of children from Belarus on a visit to Swindon.
The Swindon branch of Chernobyl Children Life Line (CCLL) has funded their flights and organised an unforgettable month of activities for the youngsters.
The charity brings children suffering the after effects of the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster 21 years ago to the UK for respite from the damage caused by radiation. It is estimated that one month’s stay can extend their life expectancy by two years.
Gin McGiffin, chair of Swindon CCLL has been involved with hosting four groups of children. She explained that a trip to the coast is a huge attraction for the children. “They are usually delighted to spend the day on a beach as they ive in a landlocked country and will never have seen the sea. A trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park is another favourite as most of the youngsters will be seeing the animals for the first time in their lives.
Nineteen children are staying with host families in Swindon and the surrounding district until 17 August. They will enjoy trips to Center Parcs, Bibury Trout Farm, Aston Potteries, London and a bird of prey centre, as well as skating, Tae Kwon Do, horse riding, rugby and a trip to the Jolly Roger indoor play park.
Medical matters are very important and Brendon Ball of the Freshbrook Dental Practice will give the children free check-ups and any necessary treatment, pictured top.
There will also be a sight test at Specsavers who will fit glasses if needed. Right
After a visit to the Mayor’s parlour on 6 August, the children were entertained to lunch at the Swindon Rendezvous Chinese restaurant. Below
There will be plenty of activities around Swindon including ice “The generosity of people to these children is absolutely fantastic,” said Gin. “We’re quite well known now thanks to Swindon Link; people come up to us to say they have followed the story over the last two years since the local group was established. In fact, almost all of our host families have come through stories in the magazine.”
New hosts, fundraisers and supporters are always welcome.
Call Gin on 01793 728251 for details.