Rotarians support Chernobyl kids’ visit

The youngsters enjoy their day out.
The youngsters enjoy their day out.

Youngsters from Belarus have enjoyed trips around the district as part of their visit to the north west.

A group of 18 children, eight girls and 10 boys aged eight and nine, were brought to stay with host families in Silverdale by the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

The Rotary Club of Lunesdale was pleased to support a day out to Kirkby Lonsdale, and provided a backpack for each child as well as a magician to entertain them.

In addition Rotarians contributed gifts to help fill the backpacks.

The children were warmly welcomed by Gordon Downing-Stewart, president of the Lunesdale Rotary Club.

During the trip, they visited Greenside Farm, Lupton, run by Mike Griffiths and Mary Tollit, for a visit to see and learn about their large awardwinning herd of alpacas, which they were able to stroke.

Mike and Mary said they will name some of their alpacas after the children.

They were also welcomed to Woodside Park and later in the day the fire station in Kirkbyu Lonsdale was opened up for the children to see the fire engine, climb in the cab and use the hose.

Finally the children were entertained by a magician, with a couple of the children assisting him with tricks.

Before they left the children sang a couple of songs for the Rotarians which was an emotional experience.