Chernobyl Orphan Group 2016
In 2007 the charity Medicine & Chernobyl (Blyth) disbanded. In November of the same year the charity, 'Chernobyl Orphan Group' was formed to carry on the good work. As the children have grown up their numbers had dwindled but in 2016, with the help of host families in Blyth, we have been able to bring new younger children to Northumberland for respite.
In 2016 we hope to bring up to seven children and one interpreter from Mstislavl (Mist-i-slav-l) in Belarus for a month of respite and convalescence in Northumberland. The children come to the Blyth area in July & August the worst period for airborne contamination in the hot dry summer of their home town. We give them a month of good wholesome food, especially fresh fruit and milk. More than this they get a month of love and individual care, plus enough warm clothes to see them through the harsh Belarusian winter.
The COG charity compiles a fun, educational & health improving program for the children. Events include camping, canoeing, swimming, picnics, ice skating, museum visits, music evenings, sailing, zoo & historical site visits. These events are often donated by friends of the charity or organised by host families.
Druridge Bay Country Park
Pictured above right are five of the children (Misha, Leosha, Sasha, Lisa & Kristina) enjoying the picnic day at the Druridge Bay country park in Northumberland. The morning was spent playing football & flying kites, followed by a delicious picnic lunch. The afternoon was a casual walk through the park then on to feeding the wild birds.
Alnwick Castle Medieval Adventures.
Pictured left, the children enjoying dressing up at Alnwick Castle. They very quickly learnt how to use the medieval pillory...
(The medieval sunglasses were optional)
The children enjoyed the 'Knights Quest' activities and the archery. They were amazed by the guided tour of the castle accommodation.
The birds of prey demonstration and the Harry Potter characters topped off a very special day.