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Chernobyl children enjoying a packed programme of activities during visit

The Sleaford Link Chernobyl Children Lifeline taking children from Chernobyl to Specsavers, Sleaford, for free eye checks. From left - Kay Bozowskyj of Specsavers, Jeanette Fortnum , Nikita Nikalaichuk, Dzmitny Siarhenkau, Katsiaryna Dubouskaya, optician James Coleman, Carrina Rudaya, Viktoryia Khitryk, Priyen Limbachia of Specsavers, Kiryl Yemialyanch yk, Shakhin Hambarau, childrens leader Vitalya Efmchik and Sam Kerr of Specsavers. Photo: 0389SB-2.

The Sleaford Link Chernobyl Children Lifeline taking children from Chernobyl to Specsavers, Sleaford, for free eye checks. From left - Kay Bozowskyj of Specsavers, Jeanette Fortnum , Nikita Nikalaichuk, Dzmitny Siarhenkau, Katsiaryna Dubouskaya, optician James Coleman, Carrina Rudaya, Viktoryia Khitryk, Priyen Limbachia of Specsavers, Kiryl Yemialyanch yk, Shakhin Hambarau, childrens leader Vitalya Efmchik and Sam Kerr of Specsavers. Photo: 0389SB-2.

A MONTH of fun activities is underway for a group of youngsters from Belarus.

Seven children, aged between 10 and 14, from an area which suffered one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters, are spending the next few weeks with host families in the Sleaford area thanks to an annual visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline’s Sleaford link.

On Friday they visited Specsavers in Sleaford and were given free eye examinations.

The children are being treated to a fun-packed programme during their visit, which will include trips to Cotehill Farm, Market Rasen to watch cheese making, Fantasy Island in Skegness and Belton House and a craft workshop at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford.

They also visited Heckington Show over the weekend.

Many local businesses and organisations are supporting the visit. The Inner Wheel are organising a barbecue for the Chernobyl party, the Legionnaires Club in Sleaford are hosting a family disco, Lincolnshire Police will be taking them on their skid pan at their HQ in Nettleham and Lincs FM will be giving the children a tour of the studio.

Jeanette Fortnum, chairman of the Sleaford link, said the aim of the annual visit is to give the children a break from the still-contaminated environment in which they live following the 1986 disaster to boost their immune systems before they head back home later this month.

She added: “We’d really like to give the children fresh fruit, so if anyone would like to help out by donating fruit or by holding a fundraising event for us, please get in touch.”

If you would like to help, you can contact the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline on 01522 730785.

 

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