Finding respite at Meldon

Melody the stone dragon at Meldon Park.
Melody the stone dragon at Meldon Park.

Children from Chernobyl can take a breath of fresh air as they explore a Northumberland estate.

Emily and James Cookson, who own the Meldon Park estate near Morpeth, will play host to ten youngsters from Belarus for an afternoon of activities.

The group will be spending a month living with families in Morpeth, Cramlington and Bedlington in a respite break from May 31, organised by the Morpeth and Wansbeck Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

All of the children have been diagnosed with immune-system problems associated with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and benefit from a break with clean air and water and good food.

At Meldon they will take a walk around some of the 4,000-acre grounds, come face-to-face with Melody the stone dragon (pictured), spot wildlife such as deer and squirrels, and then be treated to activities and afternoon tea in the Kitchen Garden Cafe.

Mrs Cookson said: “We wanted to give the children a wonderful experience while they are visiting the area.”