Becketts Farm School of Cookery has played host to lessons for a group of children from Belarus, teaching them culinary skills in association with the Chernobyl Children’s Project.
The 12 boys and two girls have been invited for a much-needed holiday in Solihull away from the dusty summer environment of Belarus, which felt the catastrophic effects of the Chernobyl Nuclear reactor disaster over 20 years ago.
The children live in an orphanage and many of are in remission from leukaemia or cancer. Doctors in Belarus say that a month of fresh air and good food can boost the children’s immune systems for at least two years.
Simon Beckett, of Beckett’s Farm at Wythall, said: “I am delighted we were able to offer support to these children in a very practical way. The skills we teach, using specially selected recipes and fresh ingredients will be important to them, both now and as they grow older and look after their own families.”
The children do not have a chance to cook at the orphanage and many leave at 16 with little knowledge of domestic science.
Cath McElholm, Solihull co-ordinator for Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK), said: “We are very grateful to Simon and the staff at Beckett’s Farm. We work hard all year round to ensure we have enough funds to provide a range of activities for both our young and older children who come to stay with us for a month and we always appreciate the generosity of those who help us in so many ways.”