VISITING youngsters from Belarus returned home last week after a four-week well-being holiday in Malvern.
The ten children were invited to Malvern by the charity Chernobyl Children's Lifeline and stayed with host families enjoying good food, fresh air and a programme of day trips, barbecues and holiday activities.
One of the organisers of the visit, Jim Knights, said the children from Belarus had enjoyed a "wonderful holiday" and were returning home changed children.
The region where the children live in Belarus was affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the 1990s with many children and adults suffering long-term health problems.
"The trip is undoubtedly good for their overall health. The parents tell us each year that the children are changed by their visit. They went home bright, alert and happy and with a boost to their immune systems," he explained.
This is the seventh year the Malvern group has brought a group of children to the town for a holiday and Mr Knights praised the volunteer host families who had taken the children into their homes and helped them have such a wonderful time.
This year the visiting children enjoyed trips to the West Midlands Safari Park, the SeaLife Centre and were taken go-karting and on a boat trip on the River Severn. Local churches organised barbecues and activities and the children had "a wonderful enjoyable holiday," according to Mr Knights.
Money raised locally throughout the year funds airfares for the children and helps pay for trips and treats during their stay.
Planning starts now to bring another group of Belarus youngsters to Malvern for a health-giving in 2010 and Chernobyl Children's Lifeline have already signed up two host families for next year. Source: