What’s it like being a support? Well, it’s different, that’s for sure! And in turn you feel that you are making a difference to the children from Belarus and to the hosts that you are supporting. You are sharing in an experience that the children will probably never forget – the time they came to England, the fun they had, the people they met, the places they visited. Memorable for them and very memorable for us, too.
For one of our two boys, it was the first time he had ever seen the sea. As well as being the first time he had ever seen mushy peas! We were with them at the circus, at the steam fair, at the model village, on Brighton pier on the log flume ride, eating fish and chips at a pavement cafe. We were there playing rounders, football, relay games, dancing at the disco, watching a wonderful firework display. Joining in the fun and the excitement of it all. Not at all like your normal two weeks in Ashtead! And at the end of the day being able to hand the boys back to the true heroes, the wonderful people who act as hosts.
And last but by no means least, there’s getting to know the children as individuals, learning about their homeland, feeling a friendship developing, and enjoying the warmth and charm of their company. Priceless! You should try it!Barrie