The Chernobyl children enjoying their visit to the County Buildings.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie gave a warm welcome to 10 young girls from Chernobyl which was arranged by the Ayrshire Link of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline.
The charity was formed in 1992 following the Chernobyl nuclear power station accident in 1986 which left millions of children at high risk of developing cancer, leukaemia or other illnesses. Each year children from these areas come to the UK for respite care from the effects of radioactive contamination and South Ayrshire has a long history of welcoming the children and local families providing accommodation for them.
South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomed the children to the County Buildings along with Councillor Rita Miller and Councillor John Hampton.
Council staff donated a range of items to be gifted to the children. This included soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, brushes, hair clips, socks, pyjamas and underwear and soft toys all items which are luxuries for the children.
Provost Moonie presented the gifts to the delighted children and said: "The children told me that they loved being in Scotland and staying with families who generously opened up their homes to them. "The girls were a pleasure to be with and it was obvious how much they appreciate being able to enjoy a carefree holiday where they can fill their lungs with fresh air, eat well, and get medical check-ups, but most importantly they were able to relax and enjoy wonderful Scottish hospitality."
The Ayrshire Link of the Chernobyl Children's Lifelong is always looking for host families for the young people who come to visit, if you would like more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07813 650411.