Chernobyl children to visit Broadland

On Monday, 11th July, Broadland Business Park will again be playing host to a group of around 20 children from the Chernobyl area of Belarus, the area devastated by the nuclear disaster in 1986. For the past three years, groups of Chernobyl children have enjoyed a barbecue and the hospitality of many of the businesses on the Park as well as going away with a ‘goody bag’ of gifts and presents.

The children will be visiting East Anglia for a four-week break and are aged from 7 to 10 years old. The visit is being arranged by the Mid Suffolk Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. The charity brings groups of children to the UK for respite holidays. All of these children are living in areas of Belarus still affected by the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster, even though it happened 30 years ago.

D & F McCarthy lead the activity, providing a barbecue and laying on visits by a fire engine and the local police – sirens are wailed, helmets and hats are donned and hoses are switched on!

Although all of the children who come are not ill, they all have compromised immune systems as a result of the environment they live in. It is said that their four week visit to England, breathing clean air and eating uncontaminated food, boosts their immune systems to such a degree that it can take two years to get back to the levels they arrive with.

We would really like as many businesses on the Park to get involved, come and visit the children on 11th July at lunchtime at D & F McCarthy’s premises on Memorial Way, enjoy a burger, and perhaps help to contribute gifts or your support for the visit of these children.

Can you help? Please put the date in your diary and get in touch with Joanna Thornton in the Management Office.