Poorly young people set for useful break

A group of foreign children with health issues will enjoy a month-long visit to Morpeth and other parts of Northumberland from Saturday.

Six girls and four boys between the ages of nine and 12, all from Belarus, are coming across to the UK for fun activities and trips out as well as some beneficial appointments through an annual initiative.

The Morpeth and Wansbeck Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Link was set up to help children who have been diagnosed with immune system problems associated with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.

During the visit, the 10 young people will receive treatment from the Newgate Dental Practice and the Morpeth branch of Specsavers will test their eyes and provide spectacles if necessary. Local residents have donated clothing, which they will receive at a clothing party in St George’s Church.

In addition, the cleaner air and better food than they are used to will help to strengthen their immune systems.

The activities planned include afternoon tea and activities in the Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park, activities and a barbecue at Barnabas Safe and Sound, a reception at Morpeth Town Hall followed by a visit to Northumberlandia, a play day at the home of a Morpeth Lions Club member, a garden party in Longhirst and free tickets for the rides at Morpeth Fair Day.

There are a range of places that the children will go to on their trips out, such as Wallington, Whitehouse Farm Centre, the Farne Islands, the Great North Museum in Newcastle, Pegswood Fire Station, Alnwick Castle and Garden, Kirkley Hall Zoo, the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and Druridge Bay.