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Chernobyl teens are welcomed

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 01, 2013

After a day's outdoor activities in Kibblestone, the teenagers with doctor Iwan and interpretors Ludmilla and Ira.

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THE Staffordshire Moorlands is once again welcoming a group of Belorussian teenagers who are spending a month’s recuperative holiday.

The 17 youngsters, who are all in remission from cancer, have been invited by the Chernobyl Children’s Project (Endon Group).

They are staying with local families for the first fortnight and will then continue the holiday for two weeks at Cicely Haughton School at Wetley Rocks as a group.

During their stay in the UK they will not only make a trip to the beach at Llandudno, but also go for walks in The Roaches and Rudyard, and go bowling.

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Suzan Kerridge, of the Endon Group, said: “Apart from the group activities the teens get to know their host families and often become friends.

“Communicating with the teenagers is no problem as the group is being accompanied by two interpreters and a doctor, and many of the teenagers speak quite good English.

“The reason for the recuperative holiday is that Belarus is still contaminated after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the number of cancer cases are significantly higher in Belarus, where most of the nuclear fall out occurred, than in other countries.

“Four weeks in the UK, in fresh air, eating non-contaminated food, gives the teens a boost to their immunity system for up to two years.” Anyone interested in hosting, or being involved in supporting the Endon Group can go to www. c h e r n o b y l - c h i l - dren.org.uk or www.chernobylc h i l d r e n . o r g . u k / l o c a l - groups/endon-stoke (local site of the charity).

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