Belarus children step out in style
A group of children from Belarus are stepping out in stylish footwear during a month-long stay in Sheffield.
The nine children, aged between nine and 13, are on a visit arranged by the Sheffield link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, an charity set up to organise UK trips to children growing up in areas affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster. http://www.ccll.org.uk
The group was invited to Wynsors World of Shoes, on Infirmary Road, and each child was given a £20 voucher to spend in store. They spent an hour in the store trying on trainers, sandals, pumps and slippers with their host families on hand to help choose. During their stay, the children will also visit dentists and opticians, as well as enjoying days out at Gulliver’s Kingdom and other local attractions.
Mick Ring, chairman of the Sheffield link of the CCLL, said: “The changes we see in the children during their stay are incredible. They look healthier immediately from eating fresh food – just a month here can boost their immune systems by up to two years. The effects of the disaster will continue for thousands of years, so to be able to help in any small way is great, and we get so much out of it ourselves too.”
The CCLL relies on donations raised throughout the year to bring the children to the UK and fund their stay. Mick said: “A huge thank you to all the staff at Wynsors for their incredibly generous donation, and for giving their time to us – the children are thrilled with their new shoes and couldn’t wait to put them on.”