Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Link Chair Elizabeth Parker On Friday 29th December, we were up at 4.30am to get ready to take the children to the airport for their journey home. Unfortunately the flight was a really early one and we had to make allowances for the weather conditions and possible delays on the roads. While all of the children were obviously looking forward to seeing their families again there were a few tears at the airports as we said goodbye to one of the best groups of children we have had…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Link Chair Elizabeth Parker On Sunday 3rd December, we collected our Christmas group from Gatwick airport. The children who had never been to the UK before all said “England is lovely” as soon as they got off the plane! This is going to be a very exciting month for the children who have not only never been away from home, but have never experienced Christmas before either. After the children return home at the end of the month I will be leaving for Belarus for our Father Frost…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Elizabeth Parker I have just returned from our weeklong ‘goodwill mission’ to Belarus. Of the 20 people on the trip seven came from Mid Suffolk. Everyone agreed without doubt that “no words, photographs or videos can truly give you the real picture”. All who took part enjoyed the trip although at times it was emotionally hard, but still very rewarding. One of our group was only 12 years old, but she was a great part of the team, joining in everything and helping wherever she could. Everyone commented…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

On Sunday 30th July,  the group of 18 children returned home, sad to be leaving but happy to be seeing their families again. On Tuesday the parents held a meeting at school and told of how happy they were, that their children had such a wonderful experience. The children were all running around smiling, talking about their fantastic holiday in England. They wanted to pass on a very big thank you to everyone who had made this possible and said they were amazed at the generosity of the English people…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Sunday 2nd July saw the arrival of the group of children from Belarus who will be here for the month. The 18 children and two interpreters arrived at Gatwick Airport after a long and tiring journey, having left home very early in the morning. They were up at 5am on Sunday morning to leave for the airport at 6am. On the way to the airport, one of the two mini buses broke down, meaning that everyone had to squeeze into one bus. When they got to the airport, they went…

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