Friday, 15 December 2017

Ukrainian children enjoy things they can’t do at home

TEN children from Chernobyl spent a month in the UK with help from Goring, Woodcote and District Lions.

TEN children from Chernobyl spent a month in the UK with help from Goring, Woodcote and District Lions.

The group paid about £500 towards the visit, which covered the cost of three visas and a minibus trip to Rushall Farm in Bradfield.

The Lions have been contributing towards the visit, which is organised by the Thames Valley branch of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, since 2001.

Each year, a different group of youngsters from Kiev region flies over and stays with host families around Berkshire for a month.

This extends their life expectancies as their home is still heavily irradiated following the nuclear disaster of 1986.

When they arrive from Ukraine, they are given a free medical and dental check-up before they meet their hosts. The children visited the farm on the final day of their stay. The Lions organised a minibus and made lunch for the group.

The youngsters fed donkeys, cows, pigs and lambs, rode in a tractor trailer and were shown how to identify different insects.

They also bathed in the river Pang and fished with nets, which they cannot do at home as the rivers are too polluted.

Lion Jon Solman said: “The children get to do a lot of things that are more or less normal to kids in the UK but which they aren’t able to do back home.

“They seem to thoroughly enjoy it and hopefully they take home some good memories as well.

“We certainly enjoy it — it’s fascinating to see the wonder on their faces. I think we get as much out of it as they do.”

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