Cedar Grange, part of Cornwall Care, the county’s largest provider of care for older people, hosted the special event as part of a trip organised by the charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line.
Eight children, all aged 11, performed several songs, singing and playing instruments, and then enjoyed a picnic lunch with the clients. Staff at Cedar Grange also gave all the children goody bags of food and toiletries to take home with them.
Chernobyl Children’s Life Line was set up in 1991 to provide recuperative breaks to children from Belarus and the Ukraine, who have been living in the shadow of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Terry Voysey, chair of the North Cornwall branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, added: “The children all had a great time at Cedar Grange and we are very grateful to the staff there for helping us organise the visit. They come here with absolutely no expectations, and are amazed by all the things we take for granted – when I showed one of the girls an iPhone she was completely in awe!
“The recuperation trips to the UK make such a huge difference to the lives of these children, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the local community. We’d like to thank Cedar Grange for welcoming us to their home and showing such generosity towards the children.”
Cedar Grange is Cornwall Care’s first purpose-built home, with 60 modern en-suite bedrooms boasting views of rolling countryside, designed to offer an exceptional standard of living for those requiring care.
Douglas Webb, Chief Executive at Cornwall Care, said: “We were very pleased to welcome the children from Chernobyl to visit our home at Cedar Grange and meet some of our clients. The children’s performance went down extremely well, and we hope the children enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them here.”
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