by Eric MacKinnon, West Lothian Courier
LIVINGSTON FC rolled out the welcome mat to 14 Belarussian children recently who were visiting West Lothian as part of a trip with the charity Friends of Chernobyl's Children.
The charity, which aims to bring children aged between seven and nine from impoverished families in Belarus living in or around the restricted areas affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power station, which exploded in 1986, to Scotland for a month each year.
This is to detoxify their immune systems and to provide dental, optical and medical checks.
During their month-long stay the children live with families around the county who provide a fun and loving environment, clean, nourishing food and much needed vitamin supplements.
A packed programme of educational and recreational activities is also arranged for the children by the charity.