Sutton Coldfield Specsavers has welcomed children from Belarus into the store as part of a visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

Part of an ongoing series of visits aimed at improving the health of children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the children were given free eye examinations and glasses if needed.

Store director, Tim Goodhew, said: ‘We’ve been helping children affected by the terrible Chernobyl nuclear disaster for over ten years now and they have been a pleasure to treat each time. Unfortunately the majority of these children do not have access to any kind of eyecare so without visits like this, their eyesight could deteriorate and they could be severely hampered as a result.

During their visit, our opticians carried out thorough eye exams on all the youngsters. Having good eyecare is essential for children as it can greatly enhance their quality of life and education chances, simply because they are able to see everything.’ 

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline brings children to England each year 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 receive the care they require back home. Just one visit alone can add two years to their life expectancy.

Find out more about Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline here.

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