Belarus party says thanks


CHILDREN from Belarus have said a big thank you to the Morpeth community after a fruitful visit to the area.

The youngsters came to the region for a respite trip as part of the Chernobyl Children Life Line scheme.

And thanks to the work of Morpeth Lions Club and kind donations from retailers they go back home with a year's supply of vitamins, shoes and clothing.

In addition, the Lions Club and St George's United Reformed Church presented them with a cheque for ?690, but one of the boys is returning with less than he came with after having four teeth removed at the Dental Hospital. He will be given a plate to replace them.

Lion Les Sage said: "We have been delighted to get involved with the children, particularly when they chose shoes and outfits through the generosity of the John Lewis Partnership and Marks & Spencer.

"Additionally, our past President Mike Nicholson has arranged a further party for them and we hope they return home much invigorated and with many happy memories."

To show their appreciation the children and their teacher Natalia Zamirouskaya sang, danced and recited a poem during their leaving party.

Anyone wishing to get involved with the Chernobyl charity to host children in future years, help with visits or organise fundraising activities should contact Morpeth Lions Club on 01670 513169.



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