Another Chernobyl Lifeline

Last year you may, or may not, remember my post about our experience of hosting a child from Ukraine as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL).  It’s a charity that exists to help those children who are affected and still living the the contaminated area in the Ukraine & Belarus as a result of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster in 1986.  If you didn’t see the blog post you can check it out here.

Anyway, with such a humbling initial experience we decided to do it all agin this year.  Our group of 10 children arrived early August for three weeks of fun filled activities and it proved to be yet another humbling yet massively rewarding experience.  Most of the children arrive for the three weeks with only a small holdall containing minimal essential items but full of gifts & trinkets for the hosts families, much of which has been saved for over many months.  Its their way of saying thank you for taking their child for a short period of time which can result in giving them an increased life expectancy of up to two and a half years, all simply by taking them away from the contaminated area and giving their immune system a much needed boost.

My blog post last year gives a little more detail about the Chernobyl Disaster and how it affects these children and their families so i’ll not repeat myself again.  I’d just like to post a few images from all the activities we have been up to over the last three weeks.  A massive thank you must go to the committee of our Local CCLL link – Mansfield & Ashfield, who’s hard work in organising the activities makes their visit such a success.  It also has to be noted that these visits are only possible due to the funds generated through the two area charity shops in Clowne & Sutton and other charitable donations without which non of this would even happen.

So, here is a little pictorial rundown of what we got up to over the three weeks.  Being able to record their visit is a massive privilege and i hope that in many ways it brings them much happiness and enjoyment as they look over what they did and achieved on their visit to the UK.

Finally, if you would like to know more about the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, please do check out their website, they are always on the lookout for host families that are willing to give a little of their time to make a massive difference to the children that visit.

Our young visitors arrived, a little shy and a little tired from their long journey.  For many it is their first overseas trip.

Our young visitors arrived, a little shy and a little tired from their long journey. For many it is their first overseas trip.

Breaking the language barrier through play (Loombands) and family fun.

Breaking the language barrier through play (Loombands) and family fun.

The local fire station always is a big hit with the kids.

The local fire station always is a big hit with the kids.

A day on the water with the Notts County Sailing Club

A day on the water with the Notts County Sailing Club

We all pretended we were Robin Hood with a little Archery at Welbeck.

We all pretended we were Robin Hood with a little Archery at Welbeck.

Our day in York started with a look around the Rail museum.

Our day in York started with a look around the Rail Museum.

You couldn't visit York without a look at the Minster - it's Mahoosive.

You couldn’t visit York without a look at the Minster – it’s Mahoosive.

Going Underground at Speedwell Cavern.

Going underground at Speedwell Cavern.

The play park & Farm Yard at Chatsworth was fun afternoon, a little tiring for us "big" kids who joined in too though.

The play park & Farm Yard at Chatsworth was fun afternoon, a little tiring for us “big” kids who joined in too though.

Capturing all the sights in London.

Capturing all the sights in London.

Seeing Victor, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park's newest resident was bit hit for the kids.

Seeing Victor, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s newest resident was bit hit for the kids.

And it all ended with fantastic farewell party.  Full of emotion both happy & sad but we always knew that our little visitors would have to go home, it just passed so quick. :-(

And it all ended with fantastic farewell party. Full of emotion both happy & sad but we always knew that our little visitors would have to go home, it just passed so quick. 😦

The Streets of London

This week I took a trip down to London for the day with an old friend Bryn to shoot some street scenes.  Street photography is a relatively new genre that I’m exploring but enjoying immensely.  With no clear agenda I set out to record what I found interesting, what captured my attention and generally have a good bloomin day out.  We walked miles and witnessed everything from candid emotions,  street protests & Street artists all while doing a little bit of tourists snapping taking in the scenery and wonderful architecture of this fantastic city.

London has so much to offer and explore, way more than a day trip can do justice, so I’m hoping to head back down there next month.  Anyway, here are a selection of images from the day, I hope you like them.  Please feel free to leave me a comment and share with your friends, or stop by my website or Facebook page for more images and updates.  Thanks for looking.

Start the day off with one of many coffee's

Start the day off with one of many coffee’s

Tunnel vision.

Tunnel vision.

Thanks not gonna get me to London, there's workmen approaching.

Thanks not gonna get me to London, there’s workmen approaching.

Bryn watching the world whizz by

Bryn watching the world whizz by

Sleeping

Sleeping

is that Superman???

is that Superman???

these feet are made for walking

these feet are made for walking

first some lunch and a beer :-)

first some lunch and a beer 🙂

what you looking at?

what you looking at?

mmmmm, really?

mmmmm, really?

May day protest - Trafalgar Square

May day protest – Trafalgar Square

protest

protest

more portest

more portest

he's a peacekeeper

he’s a peacekeeper

on the underground

on the underground

Big Mac

Big Mac

more tunnel vision

more tunnel vision

tube

tube

a hard day at the office

a hard day at the office

going up

going up

still going up

still going up

high rise high contrast

high rise high contrast

on reflection

on reflection

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the shard

the shard

Sleep walking - Jive talking

Sleep walking – Jive talking

dunno!!

dunno!!

dreaming

dreaming

caught in the lime light

caught in the lime light

tourist snap

tourist snap

tourist snap

tourist snap

tripods not allowed

tripods not allowed

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skater boy

skater boy

home time

home time