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Salisbury trip for Chernobyl children
TEN children from Belarus have been enjoying a recuperative break in Salisbury.
The four-week trip was organised by the local branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, which supports children who are still suffering the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The children have been staying with six host families and taking part in a range of activities including visits to Finkley Down Farm Park, The Hawk Conservancy Trust and the beach. And last week they met the Mayor of Salisbury, Penny Brown, who gave them a tour of the Guildhall.
Imi Fagg, chairman of the south Wiltshire link of the charity, said: “They are loving it because it’s all things they wouldn’t normally do. It was great for them to meet the mayor and it was lovely that she spent time with us.”
The children have immunodeficiency and low blood pressure from living in a contaminated environment and they are often ill.
The time they spend in England helps their bodies get rid of contaminants, which will take about 18 months to two years to build up to the same level again.
They also had their eyes checked at Specsavers, with three of them needing glasses, and their teeth checked at Riverdental in Stockbridge.
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