A GROUP of Belarusian students have enjoyed a four-week holiday in Solihull, thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Project.
The 12 teenagers aged between 13 and 15 and who are all in remission from cancer, travelled with a doctor and interpreters and stayed in pairs for the first fortnight with a group of host families, then moved to a residential school for two more weeks.
The aim of the Chernobyl Children’s Project is to provide the children with a holiday of a lifetime, during which they enjoyed fresh air and healthy food, which helps to repair their damaged immune systems.
During their stay, they visited Stratford Butterfly Farm, Shustoke Sailing Club, flash climbing and met the Mayor of Solihull Flo Nash.
Following the busy and fun packed programme of activities, they will return home with memories of people and places to treasure for the rest of their lives.
Kath and Ken Ruane from the Solihull Chernobyl Children’s Project said: “They are once again a very deserving group, most have endured leukemia, also Hodgkins Lymphoma, Neuroblastoma and spinal cancer.
“They have amazing enthusiasm and love of life and are enjoying everything they do.
“It’s fantastic to watch just how much their health benefits and it’s all thanks to the amazing generosity of our local community.
“Many of the children have had bone marrow transplants, four have also lost a parent and some are from very remote poor villages.
“Not only will their immune systems be boosted by fresh air and healthy food, they will also boost their happiness and well being.”
The disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986 left generations from the nearby population with cancer and other radiation-related illnesses.