Staff at Specsavers Tewkesbury welcomed ten youngsters affected by the Chernobyl disaster into the store.
The children received free eye examinations and were provided with glasses where necessary. The visit was part of activity which is organised by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
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 are in great need and come from social situations that make it difficult for them to get the care they require at home.
Store director Glenn Dunkley, said: ‘The team really enjoys seeing the children when they come in. We’ve been supporting the initiative for a number of years now and are pleased to be able to help in some small way.
‘Our opticians carried out eye examinations on all the children and if they needed glasses we supplied these for free. It’s the least we can do to help them, as in their own country most of their families just can’t afford proper eyecare.’
Regular eye checks are an important part of a healthcare routine for both children and adults. Parents are encouraged to have their children’s eyes tested before they start school.
Mr Dunkley added: ‘Access to eyecare is something we take completely for granted in this country, but unfortunately the majority of these children do not have access to it and they can be severely hampered as a result.
‘Having corrective eyewear makes such an enormous difference to a child’s quality of life and helps improve their education chances - simply because they can read and see everything around them.’