Ten youngsters who are living with the devastating effects of a nuclear disaster were given a day to remember by the owners of a Northumberland country estate.
Emily and James Cookson from Meldon Park hosted the children from Belarus on an afternoon as part of their stay in Morpeth, which also includes trips to other parts of the county and North East.
In the town centre, the group has already benefited from going along to the re-branded Newgate Dental Solutions in Newgate Street.
At Meldon, they were taken for a country walk in the fresh air to help improve their health, with a chance to see stunning scenery and wildlife including squirrels and deer, before enjoying fun activities and afternoon tea at the Kitchen Garden Cafe.
The visit was organised by the Morpeth and Wansbeck link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline to help the 10 young people who have all been negatively affected by the continuing effects of the disaster in April 1986. The food they eat, water they drink and air they breathe whilst in the UK strengthens their immune systems.
Mrs Cookson said: “The work of the Morpeth and Wansbeck link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline is amazing and we wanted to give the youngsters a wonderful experience during their visit to the area.
“These children are living with the devastating consequences of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and we hope their visit to Northumberland will play a significant part in their recovery.”
Iain Morrison, the new principle of Newgate Dental Solutions, recently returned to Northumberland after some time away to take over the practice.
He said: “Once I found out about the charity, I knew we had to help. We don’t realise how lucky we are in the UK having access to healthcare and dental treatment when we need it, people from other countries are not so fortunate.
“I’m glad we managed to treat all the children with all the chaos going on in the practice.”
He was referring to the full modernisation currently taking place. For more information about this and services available, call 01670 514472.