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.

Basic arrangements for the visits have remained much the same since 1991. The children go to school  in Wells - The Wells Blue School and The Cathedral School have been long time supporters of the charity.  When not in school, trips are arranged for the children to local attractions such as Wookey Hole, Yeovilton, Carymoor Environmental Trust, Centre Parcs, Longleat etc.

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.


Members of the charity have visited Belarus - to see what funding was needed or to run play schemes. Through these visits, we forge a strong link with the villages and, through our local contact, remain in touch throughout the years. Sadly Heather and David are no longer with us, but we all get an extra boost, if our efforts wane, when we remember their ability to inspire. They are certainly missed.

Board of Trustees 2017

Management comittee: 

  • Chair:  Mr J Price

  • Vice-Chair:  Mr D Radnidge

  • Secretary:  Mrs J Brown

  • Treasurer:  Mr D Howe


  • Mrs Y Allen

  • Mrs L Ramsay

  • Mrs Z Humerstone

  • Mrs J Ellison



  • Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells

  • Bill MacKay, OBE

  • Julia Somerville, OBE

  • Robert Burns 

  • Martin Willey

  • Tessa Munt


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