Chernobyl children have a ball during Stourbridge visit

Children from Chernobyl enjoyed a visit to Wollaston Tennis Club. L-r Nataliya Plechko, head coach Richard Cartwright, Vita Pashkevich, Kseniya Puzynya, Tima Mikahnyuk and Dima Protasevich. Buy this photo: 331416LA.

Children from Chernobyl enjoyed a visit to Wollaston Tennis Club. L-r Nataliya Plechko, head coach Richard Cartwright, Vita Pashkevich, Kseniya Puzynya, Tima Mikahnyuk and Dima Protasevich. Buy this photo: 331416LA. Buy this photo

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YOUNGSTERS from Belarus were served up a treat at Wollaston Tennis Club as part of this year's Chernobyl Children's Lifeline visit.

Each year the long-running charity brings over a group of children to the Stourbridge area so they can spend a month breathing in clean air and eating good food to help boost their immune systems.

A group of 20 children and two cancer-stricken adults, still battling the effects of the nuclear disaster, have been enjoying an action-packed visit including a trip to the club, on Prestwood Drive, last weekend.

Organiser Ann Becke, said: "They really enjoyed their visit to the tennis club, they played games, had a bit of tennis coaching and then a barbecue.

"Members had also collected clothing for them, which was wonderful.

"They've had a lovely time so far, we've visited Stourport, Warwick Castle and Dudley Zoo and there's much more planned before they return."

The visit is not all fun and games for the youngsters, who also receive crucial health checks, during their visit, free of charge.

Bhandal's Dental Practice in Heath Lane, Oldswinford, gave the youngster's teeth a once over, provided them with goody bags and carried out any work required and they also received an eye test at Specsavers, Stourbridge.

Terry Tam, store director, said: "This is the third year that we’ve had a group supported by Chernobyl Children visit the store. Our opticians carry out eye examinations and if they need glasses, we supply these for free.

"It is the least we can do to help them, as back in Belarus, eye care is out of reach for most families."

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