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Chernobyl youngsters visit Welford Road

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Leicester Tigers welcomed a group of children who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

The 14 children aged between seven and 10 were given a guided tour of Welford Road and had their photographs taken with some of the first-team players, including Ben Woods.

The children are in Leicestershire on a four-week respite holiday and have been staying with host families in villages in the west of the county.

The visit is part of a five-year programme organised by the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, which brought its first group of children to Leicestershire in September 2009.

Group coordinator John Buckby said: “These life-changing holidays would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of local people and the support of local businesses.

“Our family hosting project makes a real difference to the children and puts hope back into families where there is despair.”

Sue Platts, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children publicity and outreach assistant, added: "The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the stadium and the charity is very grateful to everyone at Leicester Tigers and Sturgess for organising such an entertaining activity and for their generous gifts to the children."

For more information contact John Buckby on (01455) 285799, email [email protected] or visit www.focc.org.uk