Belarus children head home

Published on: 01 Sep 2014

Vlad and Marat with the Lord Mayor

FANCY headgear was to the fore as 16 children from Belarus completed their month-long stay in the Bristol area.

The young visitors, hosted by members of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline in homes in Downend and other parts of the city, tried on the tricorn hat worn by Bristol’s Lord Mayor when they were guests at the Mansion House and donned a native American replica headdress at the American Museum.

This is the 18th year that the Bristol Link of CCL has provided holidays to children from Chernobyl, giving them respite from the contamination with which they live at home because of the nuclear disaster in 1986.

Lord Mayor Alistair Watson showed the children his hat and robes and was presented with a gingerbread man baked by Carole Duckett, one of the Link hosts, who had also made named biscuits for all the youngsters.

The visitors, aged 10 and 11, were also given free dental inspections and any necessary treatment at the Downend Dental Practice, Oldland Dental Practice and Avon House Dental Practice in Keynsham.

Andy March, chairman of the Bristol charity group, said: “We are really grateful to these local dentists who not only check their teeth and carry out any treatment that is needed, but also make the children feel relaxed and a little more confident about going to the dentist”.

The visitors returned to Belarus on August 10.

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