Children from an area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster saw the sea for the first time as part of a charity-organised UK visit.
Anya, Yulia, Vika, Dziyana, Maryia and Nastatiya travelled from an area of Belarus which is still contaminated with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
Sue Torry of the charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line said the month-long trip gives the children’s immune systems a chance to strengthen, and may be the only period in their lives spent outside their home country.
“It is mainly for health reasons that we organise these trips for them”, added Sue. “A lot of the children are still contaminated by the food they eat in the affected area.”
“The belief is it will help their immune systems.”
While in Bridlington the girls enjoyed a fish and chip supper paid for by Audrey’s Fish and Chips. Owner James Morrison said he was more than pleased to offer them a taste of the town.
“The kids all got discounted meals and got a lucky bag each,” said James. “Then they were all given wristbands to go on all the rides at the seafront for free. We have discussed with Sue about making this a regular thing.”
The organised trips may be once in a life time opportunities for the girls to see the outside world, as they visit tourist attractions throughout northern England and enjoy local food and culture.
Sue added: “It’s difficult for their families to travel outside of Belarus. A lot of them just can’t afford the expense.”