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Epsom opticians welcomes Chernobyl kids

30 July, 2015
Children from Chernobyl visit Specsavers in Epsom for free sight checks
Jenny Burton, store manager at Specsavers in Epsom, with children from Chernobyl who visited the store for free sight checks

A group of youngsters from an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster visited the Epsom store to receive free eye examinations and glasses.

Holiday of a lifetime

The team welcomed ten children from Chernobyl, an area which remains contaminated with radiation nearly 30 years after the nuclear power disaster. The visit was part of the children’s trip to the UK, a once in a lifetime holiday planned by Chernobyl Children’s Project.

Jenny Burton, store manager at Specsavers Epsom, said: 'Children from Chernobyl face harmful radiation which can increase their chances of developing conditions such as cataracts, which would go undetected without an eye examination. Since there is no access to eye care in their home town, we are delighted to give them the opportunity here in Epsom, but would also encourage all parents to bring their children for vital eye examinations.’

Gift of thanks

The children presented staff at the store with a traditional plate bespoke to their region as a thank you to staff, and were given goodie bags to take away at the end of their visit. Specsavers Epsom has supported these visits for more than 10 years.

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