Find the way out of the Wild Wood…

A GROUP of children from Belarus got up to some monkey business at Wild Wood Adventure Centre in Guildford last week.

The brave Belarusians showed no fear as they negotiated rope bridges and wobbly crossings high up in the trees and enjoyed the thrill of thundering down zip wires.

The youngsters are spending a month in Woking with host families, organised by the local volunteers of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity.

The annual trip is part of a four-to-five-year programme to offer the children respite from the radiation and poverty experienced back in Belarus, as the result of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the devastating accident in Ukraine, but the legacy of contamination and the resulting environmental and socio-economic issues will remain for many hundreds of years – including in neighbouring Belarus, particular Mogilev, where many of the children live.

Local FOCC Co-ordinator Karen de Snoo said of the recent visit: “The world appears to have forgotten these children and the difficulties they face every day, but their time here gives them a much needed boost to their physical and emotional wellbeing.

“We try to get them out, to have fun in the fresh air as much as possible. The tree climbing experience, kindly provided by Wild Wood, ticked all the boxes.”

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