Simon Bailes Peugeot has once again supported a charity working with children affected by the Chernobyl disaster more than 30 years ago.

The company has worked alongside the charity Friends of Chernobyl Children for more than 10 years, to help enhance the lives of those affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

As in past years, the Northallerton dealership of Simon Bailes Peugeot has bought each child a pair of high quality trainers, measured to fit them perfectly. Many of them return wearing them the following year when they are often then too small.

This year a group of ten children, four boys and six girls, stayed in the Northallerton area, where they have enjoyed a variety of attractions as well as receiving the all-important health check-ups.

Now aged ten and 11, this is the fourth and final visit to the area for the youngsters.  Next year a new group of around a dozen children, aged seven and eight, will be the guests of the Northallerton group, which was established in 1998.

This year’s visit also included trips to Whitby, Lightwater Valley, the Transporter Bridge and Thorpe Perrow gardens and arboretum at Bedale, which has a birds of prey and mammal centre where there are flying demonstrations and the chance to meet animals such as meerkats, wallabies, pygmy goats and Shetland sheep.

The children enjoyed a short residential break at the PlayAway centre, based at Eshton Grange, in the North Dales national park.  The group had a fantastic time at this converted farmhouse and barn with heated swimming pool, sports hall and craft room.

Their stay culminated in an annual farewell concert at New Life Baptist church where they sang songs in English and Russian, performed dances and put on a short play with a Cinderella theme.

Simon Bailes, CEO of Simon Bailes Peugeot, said:  “At Simon Bailes Peugeot, we are very proud to support the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’s Northallerton group, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children from that part of the world.

“The children are so grateful and don’t take anything for granted. To see them so overjoyed by their new trainers is rewarding for all of the team who put in a lot of hard work to make their trip special. The children continue to inspire myself and many people across the Northallerton community with their positivity and amazing outlook on life.”