The charity was formed in 1991 when Heather and David Lancashire (residents of Wells) were approached by a Belarusian journalist trying to bring 30 children affected by the Chernobyl disaster to England for recuperation. Fifteen host families took part and the children (aged from 9-16) who were mostly billeted in pairs, stayed in Wells for 4 weeks.
Medical advice suggests that a month of fresh, uncontaminated air and a good diet have a beneficial effect on the children's health which can last for 12 months. To support this improvement, we arrange for them to visit local opticians and dentists who give freely of their time. Remedial dentistry is carried out and glasses obtained where appropriate. We offer these holidays for children from needy families; those with single parents, families with many children, orphans - and only those who have not had such an opportunity to travel abroad through other means.The children take back a full suitcase (often overweight!) as a contrast to the slim bag they often bring with them.
Board of Trustees 2017