Special birthday for Belarus youngster

Karyna gets birthday cake

ONE of the 14 Belarus children who recently spent a holiday in the Borders celebrated her birthday in style.

Karyna, who was staying with host family Gill and Pete Gibbens at Fogomuir Cottage near Duns, celebrated her 10th birthday with a special cake and party.

The party was tremendous fun, but what made it really special was that Jackie Lunn the bakers donated a superb birthday cake for Karyna to share with her friends. The icing on the cake (figuratively and literally!) was that they had taken the trouble to inscribe the cake with "Happy Birthday Karyna" in Russian.

It was an extremely generous gift and one that Karyna and her friends will never forget.

All the children who took part in the visit - organised by Scottish Borders Link and Chernobyl Children Lifeline - live in the contaminated area of the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster of 22 years ago. They spend a month on holiday in the Borders hosted by local families.



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