KINGSLEY Bird and Falconry Centre held a Special VIP Day for the Children of Chernobyl on Saturday, August 10.
The centre, off Banks Lane, after Sprinks Lane in Kingsley, has supported the local efforts to help these children for several years and this year they hosted the event as the owner of the previous venue is unfortunately not well enough to continue.
The project aims to bring the children most badly affected by the Chernobyl disaster over to England for a few weeks each summer and to give them clothes, toys, gifts, good food and a fun time that they are not accustomed to in their homeland.
The children who come to this area (Buxton gp) all have radiation sickness, some have cancer and all are diabetic.
While here they are seen by a specialist doctor in Stockport and receive dental treatment.
The centre aim to raise around £7,500, which is the cost of bringing the group over, along with doctors and medical support, so that the visit can continue next year.
This year's event was a huge success and the centre has raised more than £600.
All guests were encouraged to be involved with the event, handling and flying many of the birds from the collection, set in an informal atmosphere, so that guests were able to interact with the birds and enjoy some hands on time, as opposed to the slightly more standard bird in the arena style of display.
There was also bird flying displays throughout the evening, barbecue, drink
refreshments and free face painting.
The centre's next event, bird handling and flying throughout the day, will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.