Deeping Rotarians bring sunshine to disadvantaged children

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Members of The Rotary Club of the Deepings have been bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children for the past nine years.

This year was no exception, with a trip to Wicksteed Park for children who have special needs or are disadvantaged.

The trip, called Kids Out, is part of a nationwide Rotary partnership to take up to 25,000 children on a day trip to an attraction in the UK, something that has been happening for 25 years.

Rotarians in the Deepings became involved nine years ago, and Deepings Tesco provides packed lunches for the youngsters.

Deepings Rotarians also have a similar day out for the Children of Chernobyl, youngsters living in the radioactive zones of Belarus and still breathe contaminated air and eat from a contaminated food chain, as well as living in poverty following the major disaster in Chernobyl in 1986.

About 23 of these children are hosted in the UK in July each year, when the contamination is at its worst, by the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

Rotarian Ken Eley said: “You can see the delight on their faces, even when things don’t go according to plan. The children were stuck in mid-air on a broken ride when a flood of water poured from the sky.”