Paul puts his sole into helping Belarus children

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

A  STAPLE HILL businessman is supporting young people from Belarus who are living alongside the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

A  STAPLE HILL businessman is supporting young people from Belarus who are living alongside the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Paul Hooper, who owns Boots Shoes & More in Staple Hill, presented trainers to 16 young people, aged 10 and 11, who are staying with host families in the area.

The children’s visit to the city has been arranged through the charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, which has a branch in Bristol.

The catastrophic disaster on April 26 1986 was caused after a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl blew up after a failed experiment.

During the accident, 31 people died but the long-term effects, including cancer, weakened immune system and deformities, exist to this day.

The charity works to arrange for young people to visit the UK for recuperative breaks of four weeks. A month spent here considerably improves their resistance to disease and illness.

Paul said: “This is the seventh year we have supported the young people from Belarus.

“The charity is vital to ensure they are given a chance to boost their immune system so they can fight off germs and infections.”

Host families are required every year, although many families have hosted for a number of years. 

Money is raised each year to bring the children to the UK with two interpreters and various events are scheduled while they are here. 

The children have been on river trips and visited Centre Parcs, Noah’s Ark farm and the New Forest where they have seen the sea for the first time.

If you think you might be able to host a child or would like to find out more, please visit www.ccll.org/bristol

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