Benenden Health welcome Chernobyl children with visit to York City Football Club
17th July 2014
Children from Belarus visited York City Football Club this week (16th July 2014) for a special football party arranged by York-based mutual healthcare provider Benenden Health.
The group of 13 children accompanied by two interpreters, are visiting the area as part of a month long stay in the UK organised by the Easingwold branch of the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.
Each year the group organises a recuperative visit for the children, who live in a part of Belarus still affected by the explosion of the nuclear plant in Chernobyl in 1986. During their stay in York, the children live with host families and get to take part in a variety of recreational activities.
York City’s main sponsors, Benenden Health, have arranged for the children to make a special visit to the Club during their stay. The party of children will enjoy a tour of the ground, followed by fun football activities with club coaches and they will all receive a goody bag to take away.
Claire Waines, Communications Co-ordinator at Benenden Health said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome the children to York and to help support the incredible work that the Friends of Chernobyl Children’s group do to ensure the children get a recuperative break. After seeing how much the children enjoyed their visit to York Football Club last year we were keen to invite them back again.
“The football party will give the children the opportunity to visit the ground and try out some activities and games which we hope they’ll find fun and engaging. We hope the children enjoy their stay in the local area and that they will have some very special memories to take home with them.”
John Butcher, Chair of Easingwold Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, said: “We are delighted that the children are getting another opportunity to York City Football Club, and very grateful to Benenden Health and the club for making it happen. Their generosity is typical of the kindness shown to the children by this community.”