A GROUP of children from Belarus have enjoyed a visit to Fylde.
The girls, who have all been effected by the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, have stayed with host families in the area.
The visit was organised by the Blackpool branch of Chernobyl Children Life Line, a charity which aims to bring children to the UK from Belarus.
The country was badly effected when a reactor at the Chernobyl Power Plant, in Ukraine, exploded and still suffers today.
Bringing children to the UK gives them time away from the contamination, allows them to have nourishing food and lets them breath clean air, which may significantly increase their life expectancy, by giving their immune systems a chance to recover.
While in Fylde the youngsters, aged eight to 10, visited Sainsbury’s in St Annes where they were made to feel very welcome.
The 10 girls were given a tour of the supermarket and they then had the chance to enjoy fresh fruit.
Liz Mountford, spokesperson for Sainsbury’s, said: “Chernobyl Children Life Line try every year to bring children over and ask for host families.
“It is thought that long term the visits add 10 years to each of their lives.
“They came to the store for a tour and we put on a fresh fruit platter to give them the chance to have some.”
Chernobyl Children Life Line was founded in 1992 to help the children of Belarus and there are a number of links including Blackpool.
They are run by volunteers who raise funds to bring groups of children to the UK and it costs 500, including airfare, to bring a child to the UK for a four week respite holiday.
To find out more contact the Blackpool link of Chernobyl Children Life Line on (01253) 856501.