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Chernobyl children made at home with Norfolk second families

PUBLISHED: 12:50 02 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:09 02 September 2019

Youngsters from Belarus enjoyed swimming lessons during their visit organised by the Diss branch of the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Charity. Picture: South Norfolk Council

Youngsters from Belarus enjoyed swimming lessons during their visit organised by the Diss branch of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children Charity. Picture: South Norfolk Council

South Norfolk Council

A group of disadvantaged children whose lives have been affected by the disaster at Chernobyl got a chance to enjoy simple things in life thanks to families in Norfolk.

Each year the Diss branch of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children Charity hosts children from areas of Belarus which have been badly contaminated by the fallout of the Chernobyl explosion.

While living with their Norfolk families, the children visited the dentist and optician, visited the seaside, some for the first time, joined in at local schools, learnt first aid, visited the zoo and the circus, and even enjoyed a traditional Christmas Day.

They also took part in two free swimming sessions at Diss Leisure Centre run by South Norfolk Council's experienced Swim School teacher Lindsey Chapman who for the second year gave up her time for free.

She said: "It's a pleasure to help these children develop these vital skills, which may one day save their lives. They are all so much more confident than last year, which is lovely to see."

Kirsty Neve, the charity's branch co-ordinator for Diss said: "It's always such a privilege to see the difference these visits make to the children's energy levels and confidence over the month they are here. They return home with a suitcase full of vitamins, warm clothing and memories of their second families in Diss."

The charity is looking for support and sponsors. If you can help, please contact Kirsty Neve on 07706899093 or 01379 890310, or email focc.diss@gmail.com

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