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Children from Belarus return home after a month on Island

by TH

Children from Belarus return home after a month on Island - picture

Children suffering the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster have returned home to Belarus after four weeks on the Isle of Man.

They've spent a month here living with host families as part of efforts to detoxify their immune systems and make new memories.

The annual visit is organised by the Isle of Man branch of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

An action-packed timetable for the children – combining recreational and educational activities – was in place over the four-week period.

Norman Rivers, Founder of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Isle of Man), said: "There is no doubt that this trip can change lives – some former children are now teachers, engineers, builders, dentists or at college. Some are married and have begun to have families of their own.

"I have spoken to many who have said that the opportunity to visit the Isle of Man not only benefitted their health, but gave them hope for a brighter future, which really sums up why we do what we do.

"We are indebted to the generosity of the host families who offer their homes and give their time freely to these children for four weeks every year – we would be lost without them."

The Steam Packet Company also supported the children’s visit by assisting with the cost of travel on their return to the UK.

Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: "We are delighted to support such a worthwhile cause and help reduce the cost of travel for the charity.

"It is pleasing to hear about all the fun activities the children have got up to during their time on the island and to see all their smiling faces in the photos – well done Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Isle of Man) for organising another successful trip." 

"I have spoken to many who have said that the opportunity to visit the Isle of Man not only benefitted their health, but gave them hope for a brighter future, which really sums up why we do what we do."

Norman Rivers, Founder of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (Isle of Man)

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