Pool time fun for Belarus girls

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112111-9304 CHERNOBYL (EB) MRW 11/6/2011''How different must life be for these children back home in Brest in Russia not far from the infamous Chernobyl site ? 'On their very first day in the UK they enjoy themselves at the Waterlooville home of Shelagh Wedeman's daughter. Shelagh has been organising these trips to this area for many years now'''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112111-9304)
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THIS joyous picture was taken at a pool party welcoming youngsters from Belarus on a month-long holiday.

Ten girls were brought over by the Havant and Waterlooville Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline which pays for holidays for children from the regions most affected by the devastating 1986 nuclear disaster.

The youngsters are also given free dental and eye treatment while they are here. Shelagh Wedeman, from the charity, said: ‘They had a fantastic time at Eastney beach.

‘None of them had ever been to the seaside before and it was such a novelty to them. They spent the afternoon collecting sea shells.

‘They speak very little English but they are very bright and worked out we can use the internet to translate.

‘They are really looking forward to a trip to Havant fire station next week.’

It costs around £5,000 a year to pay for the trip. To make a donation make a cheque payable to the charity and send it to Roger Wood, 3 Apsley Road, Southsea, PO4 8RH.