Chernobyl children welcomed to Clitheroe


The Clitheroe deputy town mayor Val Cooper and consort Gary Cooper hosted a lunch at Henthorn Community Centre, Clitheroe, as part of the annual visit of children from Belarus, Romania, organised by the charity Friends of Chernobyl.

The visitors were treated to a lovely buffet lunch, which included lots of cakes and sweet treats. The children finished off their lunch with chocolate and ice creams.

The group, all aged 7-12 come from one-parent families and visit the Ribble Valley for a month each year, during which time they are also seen by local dentists and opticians for check ups and any necessary treatment.

This year’s group outings included a day at Blackpool Zoo and a trip on the steam train at Skipton.

Deputy Mayor Coun. Cooper said: “Both myself and Gary felt very privileged to have spent time with the children - the experience was very moving, humbling and of course, funny! The children sang to us and provided first class entertainment after the lunch and then presented me with a signed photo, which I will treasure forever.”

She continued: “It was so lovely to see how much they enjoyed themselves and through their interpreters, they were thrilled to tell us all the details about their special days out and how much they had enjoyed their time here.”