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Chernobyl children visit for free eye tests

08 July, 2014
Children affected by Chernobyl visit Specsavers in Swindon
Karina Khomkha, Veronica Ilkovets and Vika Kundas visit Specsavers in Swindon

Specsavers in Swindon has welcomed five Ukranian children, who live close to the Chernobyl disaster exclusion zone, into the store.

During their visit, the under 15s were given free eye examinations and provided with eyecare and glasses where necessary. The visit was part of activity organised by Chernobyl Children’s Life Line.

The charity brings children to England each year in a bid to help them overcome some of the terrible after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to get the care they require at home.

Their two week visit to breath clean air is said to add around two years to their lives.

Store director David Grieves, said: ‘This is the ninth year that we’ve had the children come to the store and we’re proud to have welcomed them again. 

‘Most of their families just can’t afford proper eyecare so it’s something very simple that we can do to help.’ 

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