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Trust steps in to help youngsters
10:00am Sunday 11th August 2013 in News
THE charitable trust that runs Andover Leisure Centre and Charlton Lakeside stepped in at the last minute to help a project that gives respite care to children from areas contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Children who live in the nuclear catastrophe zone came to the UK for a break away from the area and have a few weeks of fun and normal childhood thanks to a trip organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity.
The atmosphere in Belarus and Ukraine is much improved.
But even the young people who weren’t born until many years later still carry the legacy on the 1986 meltdown – considered the worst in history – in terms of health problems and fear.
Research suggests that many thousands of young people will develop cancer caused by the radiation leak and the raised levels for many years to come.
During the trip away young people tried to have as much fresh air and fun as possible, and the charity and their host families organised a series of special events to entertain them.
When one of the planned activities fell through at the last minute, Valley Leisure, along with one of their suppliers, Brake Catering, stepped in and sponsored the children to take part in ‘Explore Outdoor’, the children’s adventure activity programme, which runs at Charlton Lakes through the school holidays.
The 10-to-13-year-olds joined other local children at Explore Outdoor and tried things like canoeing, archery and shelter building at Charlton Lakeside.
“We can’t change their whole lives, but we’re very happy to do our bit to give them a day of fun in the outdoors,” said Linda Arnold from Valley Leisure.
She added: “The day was fun and exciting. The children also learnt life skills that we hope will help them back at home too.”
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