2018 Programme

This year we have got a fun packed programme of activities for the children spread over the 4 weeks. Keep up to date with all the going's on in our gallery below.

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Day 1 - Farmer Ted's

Our months programme kicked off with our annual trip to Farmer Teds! We had glorious weather and enjoyed seeing all of the animals as well as bouncing on the giant inflatable cushion (sorry hosts if the kids start bouncing on their beds tonight). Thanks as always to our fantastic friends at Farmer Teds, who always spoil our children and ensure we have a brilliant time.
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Day 2 - Police Visit

The children have only been here for 4 days and already we've had to call the police out...for a great day! They spent it with Lancashire Constabulary Mounted Branch, including the Dog Unit and PCSO’s Bethan Cross and Steph Morley.

'We started out our day visiting the police horses and the children were treated to a display - getting to stroke some of the huge horses that help to protect the people of Lancashire!  We then had a tour around the dog unit before heading back to Edge Hill where we were whizzed around campus in the security golf buggies to the waiting police car and PCSO’s!  We loved sitting in the car and using the blues and twos! We even got to take each other's fingerprints and try on all the fantastic police uniforms! Certainly don't mess with our kids or you'll be nicked in no time.'

It was a great day had by all!
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Day 3 - Blackpool Zoo

What a fab day our group have had at Blackpool Zoo! We took all our cheeky monkeys to go and see actual monkeys. They loved getting up close and personal with all the animals- and always love to teach us the Belarusian names for them! 

The weather did not let us down so we had a great picnic provided by all the host families, sitting out on the grass in the sun! (It's a hard life) We even managed to squeeze in a little train ride, and were persuaded (cough cough) to cool down with an ice cream!!

What a great few days we have had so far and to think we are only 5 days in.

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Day 4 - Enjoying The Sun

Thursday was a busy day for our group who headed off to make the most of this Great British Sunshine by heading to Southport for a play on the park! The children played hide and seek and worked up an appetite for- you’ve guessed it- MORE ICE CREAM!! 

They then headed to Dalton St Michael’s Primary School in Dalton to enjoy packed lunch on the field with the School children who included 3 host family children and also Mrs Britton who hosts one of our Polina’s! The kids took part in ‘The Daily Mile’ and had fun playing rounders in a ‘Belarus V England’ challenge! 

They then headed off to the amazing team of doctors and nurses at Ormskirk Paediatrics dept for their annual health checks! 
Thanks to everyone involved in this fun day!

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Day 5 - The Beach

Since Belarus is landlocked... our group always enjoy visits to the beach! Before coming here, the seaside is something they have only ever heard of or seen pictures of in books! The children have had a fantastic day building sandcastles, flying kites, splashing in the sea and playing in the sand dunes!
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Day 6 - Liverpool University Science Visit

Wow what an absolutely fantastic day our kids have had today with the amazing team at Liverpool University’s Chemistry Dept! The kids had a ‘BLAST’ making rockets to fly through the air, visited the planetarium and watched a show and had a goo-tastic time making their own slime which of course was a huge hit! They even chose their own ingredients to make their very own bath bombs- we expect some lovely smelling children tomorrow! They made their own oven-shrink keyrings, decorated their own bird houses and made their own bubble mixture -adding their own ingredients to complete experiments making the bubbles larger! They made their own paper planes and had a contest to see whose plane went furthest- Congratulations went to Sergei and Maxim who claimed the titles of expert pilots! The staff excelled themselves and made this visit- a first for our group- an exceptionally brilliant day! Extra thanks go to Debbie and Lyn for making us feel so welcome.... Lyn even baked homemade cakes for our children and we were even presented with gift bags each! We may have more adults helpers than kids on on this trip next year! 🤣 ‘THANKYOU VERY MUCH’ from All at FOCC M&O!
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Day 6 - Dentist

After such a fab day at Liverpool Uni- our kids were in great spirits- even though they had their dentist appointments! As a charity we ensure our children always visit the dentist for a check up- we need those teeth pearly white for all our smiley photographs! Huge thanks to all at Rice Lane Dental Surgery in Walton who were amazing with our 17 children- they even sent them each off with dental care packs! Thankyou! [😁] [😁] [😁]

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Day 7 - Optician Visit

Today our group have been and had their eyesight checked [😳] [🙄] [😜] As some of you may know, this is something that we are obliged to do as a charity to ensure our little munchkins have healthy vision! 
Neil and the team at Heyes Opticians, Burscough are always so accommodating and friendly- no easy task with 17 chatty children!
We then headed over to Dalton St Michael’s Primary School again for a delicious School dinner, made clay tiles and played quick cricket with the upper juniors! 
Another fab day for our group and a huge Thankyou to the staff at Heyes Opticians and the staff and children who welcomed us as always at Dalton!
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Day 8 - Croxteth Hall Park

Today we’ve had an amazing day chilling out at the park! We tend to cram our days full of activities, but today we’ve enjoyed a much slower pace and kept things simple! 
The kids have enjoyed running round playing games together in the fresh air, beautiful weather, a spot of badminton and bubble blowing, head basketball, rounders, frisbee and our obligatory daily ICE CREAM [🍦] [🍦] (it’s our FOCC M&O Law!!! 🤣)
Such a lovely day had by all and plenty of lovely comments from our children who said that they’ve really loved keeping it simple and enjoying each others company.
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Day 9 - Crocky Trail

We’ve all had a brilliant day at Crocky Trail! The sun shone on us all day again and we all got full of muck and dust as we slid down the highest slides and balanced on the Wobbliest of bridges!

Our group is so full of little daredevils, even our most timid children braved every single obstacle and even managed to make it through the haunted house! 

Huge Thankyou goes to all of the staff at Crocky Trail who worked tirelessly throughout the day to operate all of the rides whilst our group ran in all directions and kept them on their toes! 
A fab day had by all!!
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Day 10 - Everton Football Club

Today our kids have been on their annual visit to Everton Football Club’s Finch Farm Training Academy! 
With World Cup fever in the air, our little Russian supporters have had a ‘ball’ training with the coaches and meeting EFC’s very own Leighton Baines! 
Our kids love donning their blue noses for the day, and the kit of course.... even if it causes some Footie banter with their hosts! [💙] [❤] [💙] [❤]
They all left with huge smiles and EFC goodie bags! 
Massive thanks go to Martin Waldron- Head of Academy Recruitment at EFC and also our charity chairman.... and of course thanks to all the coaching team who give our kids this fantastic opportunity and experience playing at EFC!

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Day 16 - June 25th (Summer Christmas Day)

Today, exactly 6 months before the true date..... we made our children’s dreams come true!!!

Since Christmas doesn’t come to them in Belarus, we brought Christmas to them in the UK! The children all came in their best Christmas outfits and enjoyed making paper chains and decorating their very own Christmas tree- and were sure you’ll all agree- it looks great! [🎄]

Each child brought a dish of delicious food to share with their friends (courtesy of their fabulous hosts!) and they enjoyed pulling Crackers whilst they ate and laughed together!. They played party games and loved pass the parcel, and even had a treasure hunt around campus which they really enjoyed! 

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a visit from the big guy himself..... Yes you guessed it, Santa Claus himself broke away from his summer holidays to bring happiness and gifts to each of our children and interpreters and the smiles on their faces was absolutely priceless as they unwrapped each gift which was personally selected for each child! 

As if the day could be better- a BBC film crew arrived- having heard of our amazing group and filmed their Santa visit which will
Be shown on BBC’s digital network in the near future! How exciting! Keep your eyes peeled guys! 
Thankyou to everyone involved in organising such a magical day! 
Merry Christmas everyone!
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