A group of children from Belarus, which remains heavily contaminated from the 1986 Chernobyl radiation disaster, recently enjoyed a life-enhancing trip to Yorkshire.

Adding two years to life expectancy

During their stay, which is expected to add two years to their life expectancy, the youngsters visited Specsavers in Doncaster to receive a free eye examination.

The Belarus region received 70 per cent of the radiation fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Just two weeks in the United Kingdom can allow the deadly Caesium 137 strain of radiation to leave the body, putting two years on to life expectancy. The respite holiday was organised by Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Group.

Louise Hurley, store director said: ‘The health of these children has been compromised by the Chernobyl disaster, which took place years before they were even born. It’s important to provide them with healthcare that they may not have access to in Belarus.

‘More importantly, by providing an environment with improved air, water, food and healthcare we can increase their life expectancy by two years. We’re so pleased we can help contribute to their future wellbeing and hope they enjoyed the visit to our town.’

First time children had eyes tested

Kathleen Lynch, co-ordinator of the children’s visit, says: ‘I would like to thank the Specsavers team for their generosity. Having access to eyecare is something that we all take for granted in this country, but for some of the children, this will be the first time they’ll have had their eyes tested, making a huge difference to their daily live

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