Wednesday 08 Aug 2018
A group of children from Chernobyl enjoyed two days with the Police as part of their month long visit to North Wales.
14 children, aged between 9 and 14-years-old, from Belarus and the Ukraine visited various departments of North Wales Police on two separate days and had the opportunity to get a real flavour of the variety of work undertaken by the force.
From the busy environment of the Joint Communications Centre in St Asaph to having a go at using handcuffs and spraying each other with imitation CS canisters as well as donning police uniforms and being given an insight into the work of a Crime Scene Investigator.
They also met up with officers from the Roads Policing Unit, as well as star of the show Bobbi, the interactive police car who again impressed the visitors.
The visit to North Wales Police was arranged by force trainer Emma Orme, who has been involved with the visit organised by Chernobyl Children Lifeline for a number of years.
“I love seeing how much enjoyment the children get from visiting us. It’s a very rewarding thing to be involved with,” said Emma.
Gerrie Bayley, chair of the Chernobyl Children Lifeline, North Wales Coast Link, which has organised the trip for the youngsters for the past 15 years said: “The children had a fantastic time with North Wales Police. A big big thank you to our dear friend Emma and her colleagues for organising such a fun time again.”
The children, who speak very little English, stayed with families in the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Llandudno areas and during their trip they were taken to many different attractions including Colwyn Bay Zoo, beacon climbing, ropes and ladders as well as being given a tour of some national retail outlets and going to barbeques, shows and parties arranged by various people.
The children, who are still suffering the effects of the fall out 32 years on, visit North Wales thanks to the money raised by the Chernobyl Children Lifeline, North Wales Coast Link.
“Their visit to North Wales is believed to have long lasting impact on the health of the children,” said Gerrie, adding that dramatic improvements are seen in the immune systems of the children when they go home, which in turn helps them fight the illnesses that are so prevalent in their area.”
Chernobyl Children Life Line is a registered charity and anyone who would like to help can contact Gerrie Bayley at firstname.lastname@example.org