Children from Chernobyl welcomed to Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Children from Chernobyl welcomed to Solihull

Solihull Editorial 17th Aug, 2019   0

A GROUP of Belarusian children has enjoyed a holiday in Solihull, thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Project for the 20th year.

The 12 teenagers aged between 13 and 14 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 have been to Warwick Castle Breuton Park and Kingsbury Water Park.

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: “The children who visit Solihull are incredible.

“They arrive having never met before and can be quite shy and nervous, some having not yet returned to school following months or years of treatment and recovery.

“Each year I’m amazed by the wonderful children who visit, they are interested in and enjoy everything they do and are so polite and grateful for all that the wonderful host families and volunteers do for them.

“Fresh air and exercise, gives an enormous boost to their health, confidence and happiness and they return home after four weeks having made close friendships and with memories to treasure for the rest of their lives.”

The disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 1986 left generations from the nearby population with cancer and other radiation-related illnesses.

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