Last autumn, we told you how a fortuitous meeting with our chairwoman resulted in the Inverness link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline donating nearly £10k to buy two children’s ventilators for the hospice. Daryl Ann negotiated with the manufacturers, Nippy, and they agreed to supply the ventilators at a discount and to provide free training for hospice staff in how to use the equipment. The ventilators were shipped to Belarus as part of a humanitrian aid convoy and have been in use since making a tremendous difference to children's quality of life. Dennis Hopkins, a member of the Inverness link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline, visited the Belarusian Children's Hospice during a recent trip to Belarus and was able to meet a child being cared for by the hospice using one of these ventilators. Dennis wrote, 'We have many memories [of our trip to Belarus] but the one of Vlad using his ventilator at home will certainly stick with me. What a courageous child he is and his mother and gran were so dedicated. We gave Vlad a couple of toys and he indicated to his mum that he wanted to give us sweets in return. Despite being hardly able to move he insisted he should do this so mum placed the sweets in his hand and he indicated we should take them, smiling as he did so. A photo was agreed and Vlad made it clear he wanted his tube removed for this. An amazingly strong willed and good natured boy. We were very privileged to be allowed to meet him, his family and all the others.' This is the photograph of Vlad.