GALLERY: Friends of Chernobyl’s Children scheme comes to Royston

Lyonya Pinegov and Ilia Shantsov, onboard concorde at Duxford

Lyonya Pinegov and Ilia Shantsov, onboard concorde at Duxford - Credit: Archant

YOUNG children from disadvantaged homes in a poverty-stricken Belarussia have been busy seeing the sights of Crow country.

Under the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children scheme, the youngsters have been staying with families in Melbourn and Royston.

The nationwide charity raises money to bring children from Chernobyl, who are from orphanages or disadvantaged homes, to the UK for a month every year. It targets children between the ages of six and 13.

Nicola Dunklin, one of the Crow country hosts, said: “Many local people and businesses in the community have helped make it possible which shows what great community spirit surrounds us.”

One of the first activities for the youngsters was a trip to Duxford Airfield (pictured).

They will also be going to the beach and park, playing tennis, trying out swimming, and making visits to Hatfield Forest and Shepreth Wildlife Park.

The children arrived on Monday and will be staying in the area until July.

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