Recuperation for Chernobyl children

In recent years Knowle & Dorridge Lions have made regular donations to the Solihull group who host a group of teenagers from Chernobyl each year. This year our donation will fund their trips to the West Midland Safari Park and the seaside at Barry Island. As Belarus is land-locked most have never seen the sea.

IMG_1951The group of 6 girls and 6 boys together with interpreter are set to be hosted by local families for 2 weeks with a further 2 weeks at Springfield House, Knowle. “It is now 30 years since the tragic accident at Chernobyl in 1986, but it’s legacy lives on with large parts of Belarus contaminated,” says group co-ordinator Kath Ruane. “The children who live in these areas have to eat food containing radio-nuclides, and this is damaging their immune systems. A few weeks of fresh air and clean food can give a great boost to their health. We hope they will enjoy a variety of trips including visits to London, Warwick Castle, Kingsbury Water Park, Severn Valley Railway, Cadbury World, Barry Island, sailing at Shustoke Reservoir, etc ”


The group will also have free dental and optical check ups, visit hairdressers, enjoy a meal at the Forest Hotel & a BBQ.

For more details please see the details on hosting