A group of 12 children from Belarus visited Specsavers Southsea to receive free eye examinations and glasses.
The youngesters normally live in an area which remains contaminated with radiation more than 25 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Dramatic increase to their wellbeing
Barbara Bennett, spokeswoman for charity Chernobyl Childrens Life Line, says: ‘Although the children really enjoy the adventure of being in a different country, the main purpose of the visit is to improve their health. Just four weeks in the UK dramatically increases their well-being and reduces chances of radiation related illness.
Chance to breathe clean air
'We aim to bring the children for four to five consecutive years, giving them the chance each summer to breathe clean air and eat healthy food. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Southsea Specsavers for inviting the children in store.’
Limited access to eyecare
Tracy Atnip, store director of Specsavers in Southsea, says: ‘Regular eye checks are an important part of a healthcare routine and access to eyecare is not available for the children in their home town. The radiation they’re subjected to increases the chances of contracting illnesses such as cataracts which would go undetected without an eye examination.
‘We have a long-standing relationship with the charity and it was an absolute pleasure to welcome the children into the store.’
The visit took place as part of the children’s overall visit to the area and all treatment by Specsavers was completely free of charge.