Saltford Golf Club hosts fun day for youngsters from Belarus

Published on: 07 Aug 2015

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Golfers in Saltford hosted a fun day for 16 children visiting the Bristol area from Belarus, where their lives are still affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago.

The youngsters, aged 10 and 11, spent a morning on the course at Saltford Golf Club having their first go at the sport with tuition from members, before tucking into a barbecue.

The club’s senior section has chosen the Bristol Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL) as their charity of the year, holding fundraising raffles and competitions to help pay for the children’s trip as well as organising the fun day on July 30.

Golf club member and CCLL volunteer Steve Tynan suggested the club get involved with the visit, during which families host the children for two weeks, take them to the New Forest for a long weekend, arrange activities and take them for health check-ups.

He said: “During the day at the club they can have a bit of fun trying out different aspects of golf and have good food and fresh air. It’s something different that they wouldn’t experience at home – and there are a couple of good golfers among them!”

Senior captain Jim Bernard said: “The seniors have been behind this 110 per cent and have been very responsive to the charity – 26 of them are here this morning to meet the children. It’s good for the members to see the results of the fundraising and see the enjoyment on the children’s faces.”

The club also contributed towards the children’s visit to Avon Valley Country Park and hope they will be able to fund some of next year’s young guests.

Chairman of the Bristol Link Andy March said: ”This kind of contribution is invaluable as it costs around £10,000 to bring 16 children and two translators over here. The golf club’s offer of putting on an activity was also gratefully received. It’s something completely different for the children to do as they don’t do golf in Belarus and so many people have devoted their time to the day.”  

During the youngsters’ stay, the Lions Club of Keynsham also purchased each child a pair of trainers from Boots and Shoes in Staple Hill and hosted a barbecue.

To find out more about the work of the Bristol Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, visit www.ccll.org.uk/bristol/

 

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