Three youngsters who have been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have been welcomed by a Bromsgrove Specsavers as part of an annual visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

During their visit to, the three children received a free sight test administered by resident optometrist Mariam Iqbal. The sight test was carried out to help improve the health of the children, who have been affected by the lingering effects of the 1986 disaster. 

A word from the store director 

Store director, Mark Gibson, said: ‘The visits organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline are vital to these children’s health and wellbeing. We support the charity each year to ensure the children are receiving proper eyecare and sights tests. Without this sort of routine eyecare, they could experience devastating illness. It also provides them with much needed temporary respite from the afflicted regions of Belarus.

‘It is a pleasure having the children in-store and we hope that we have made a small positive change in their lives. We feel very privileged to be involved each year.’

Chernobyl Children's Lifeline 

Organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, the initiative includes respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Children who benefit from the scheme come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require at home and just one visit can add two years to their life expectancy.

For more information about Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline please visit

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