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Chernobyl children enjoy trip

Children from Belarus enjoyed a great day at Saltholme RSPB Centre thanks to Hartlepool Rotary Club.

Children from Belarus enjoyed a great day at Saltholme RSPB Centre thanks to Hartlepool Rotary Club.

TWENTY children from a disaster-struck town were treated to a day out at a nature reserve.

The youngsters from Belarus enjoyed a great day at Saltholme RSPB Centre thanks to Hartlepool Rotary Club.

The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity brought thenine and 10 year-old kids to the Teesside area for four weeks to help them overcome the ongoing effects of radiation following the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.

Hartlepool Rotary Club arranged for them to spend a day at Saltholme, on the Seal Sands, as part of this visit.

The children had an action packed day with pond dipping, craft activities, and wildlife observation walks, before rounding off their visit with a session in the adventure playground.

Rotary President Barbra Midgley said: “We were delighted to be able to host this day for the children and they had a fantastic time. Being away from the contaminated conditions for only four weeks can make such a difference to these youngsters and provide a lasting benefit.”

She added, “I would like to thank staff at Saltholme for providing such interesting activities. The children enjoyed the whole day.”

 

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