Annual visit for Chernobyl kids

Twenty youngsters from Belarus made an annual trip to the Esk Valley countryside to try and ward off the effects of deadly radiation.

Along with two interpreters they are spending a month in the North East and one of the regular activities is spending a day on Ian and Sheila Darcy’s farm, Church House Farm in Westerdale.

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The youngsters enjoyed games and pony rides as well as ices from Robin Hood’s Bay ice cream seller, Ian Hudson.

The trip was organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Teesside link and costs around £15,000.

Co-ordinator, Margaret Cundall said: “This is a gorgeous place and we hope they will start a link here. The children will lose 65 to 95 per cent of the radiation they have 
absorbed over their lifetime and it will take two years to build up to that level again. As long as they get fresh food and fresh air it does them a lot of good.”

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