Chernobyl kids fly in for some Moray love

All the Chernobyl children from last year are returning to Moray today.
All the Chernobyl children from last year are returning to Moray today.

A SECOND GROUP of children will land at Aberdeen airport later today from their home near Chernobyl.

Nineteen youngsters are set to spend several weeks with families in Moray as a result of the efforts of the Friends of Chernobyl Children charity, which saw 15 young people from the disaster-hit region enjoy a fantastic time in Scotland last year.

Councillor John Cowe will be among those welcoming the group when they land this evening – and with all of the children who have forged close bonds with their Scottish ‘families’ on the flight it will be an emotional return.

Councillor Cowe said: “Once again the people of Moray have opened their hearts and homes to these little children – and the improvement in their health and well-being during their time here last year was quite remarkable.

“For 15 of the children this is their second year with us – and we are all very much looking forward to seeing them again. We are once more sincerely grateful to the businesses and people of Moray for all the offers of support and help they have given.”

A wide programme of events will be held during the month-long stay before the children fly home again on September 19, John Cowe adding: “Besides attending school in Duffus Hall, a diary of events has been planned for seaside trips, visit to Landmark and to RAF Lossiemouth.

“The will also enjoy a lunch and blowing at Pinz and the Stotfield Hotel among many other events being planned.

“A highlight last year was a concert organised by Lantern of the North – that will be repeated again this year.”

Follow the visits of the children from Belarus online via the Friends of Chernobyl Facebook Page.