Eaglesfield hosts Belarus children for sports day

PUPILS at Eaglesfield Paddle Primary School near Cockermouth took part in a sports day with 12 children from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

The children visited the school on Monday as part of a four-week programme, organised by local charity Friends of Chernobyl's Children, at Lorton Street Methodist Church, Cockermouth.

The programme encourages a healthy break for the children, aged between seven and nine, who are living in areas affected by the nuclear reactor accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine in 1986.

Children have also been given dental and health checks during their visit, which will end on Monday.

Norman Marshall, who has volunteered for the charity for 12 years, said: "The children stay with families in the West Cumbria area and we try to introduce them to as many healthy activities as we can.

"We have some children who have visited us before and I've noticed that they've been showing the younger children the ropes.

"We have to raise ?360 for each of the children's air fares and coach ride to Cumbria. We will be starting the fund-raising for next year's programme as soon as these children leave.

"It's so rewarding seeing the children over here, enjoying the fresh air and healthy environment because they've all been through so much."



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