Children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have visited Specsavers Brownhills, as part of a visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
Helping to improve health
During their visit the youngsters received free eye examinations and glasses if needed. Aimed at improving the health of youngsters who have been affected by the lingering effects of the 1986 disaster, the visit was part of annual trips which ensure the children get access to vital healthcare.
Justine Page, store director, said: ‘The children who benefit from these trips often don’t have access to any kind of eyecare, so the work of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline is really valuable for them and it’s a privilege to have hosted them during their time here.
‘We gave each of the kids a free sight test and if they needed glasses, they were able to choose a pair from our children’s collection, including brand new Finding Dory frames. We often take our health services for granted in this country, but without proper eyecare these children may be seriously disadvantaged in the future.’
The annual visit is part of an initiative organised by Chernobyl Children's Lifeline, which arranges respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The children 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.