Local business, HML, is helping Derry and Donegal families to support Belarusian children who come to stay here every summer through the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) initiative.
A local member of CCI works for HML and she approached her management team to ask them for help.
“I can’t thank everyone at HML enough,” said Tracy Coul.
“As soon as I heard the children were visiting again this year I contacted my boss Bill Hutchinson to see if we at HML could do anything to relieve the pressure on the host families.
“Bill who is not a stranger to the charity, as a previous host family himself, was more than happy to aid us with our appeal for supporting host families.”
Adrian Quigley, a consultant at HML, said the organisation was delighted to have helped out.
“All of the workers donated so many items of clothing that within a few days there were more clothes in the office than there were phones,” he joked.
Staff at HML then went on to organise a charity football match and raised over £200 for CCI.
Ulyana Zolina, one of the visiting children from Belarus thanked everyone who donated to CCI.
“The day we got all the presents was the best day ever,” she said.
“It was so kind of the people to give all the children so many gifts when they had never met us.
“Thank you very much for your kindness. We the children of Belarus wish you all health and happiness.”
For more details on CCI visit their website www.chernobyl-international.com