Staff at Specsavers in Grantham welcomed a group of 11 and 12 year olds from Belarus, an area still affected by the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The visit was part of a series of such visits organised by Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.
The youngsters have visited the store multiple times in the last five years, many travelling to Grantham for the first time when they were just seven years old.
During their most recent visit, the children received free eye examinations and goody bags, and glasses were provided to those who needed them.
Store director, Bijal Ladva, said: ‘The team were delighted to welcome the children to Grantham once again. We have met this group several times over the last five years so it has been a pleasure to watch them grow up.’
Friends of Chernobyl’s Children raise funds that enable groups of children to visit the UK from areas still suffering the effects of the devastating 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 and trips such as this one provide these children with the respite from the unhealthy conditions in their home country.
‘An eye examination may seem routine to you or me but these children and many others like them, do not have access to the same level of healthcare that we do in this country,’ Bijal added. ‘Having the correct eyecare is essential to children as around 80% of what they learn is through their vision. Making sure children have healthy eyesight can have a big impact on their quality of life and education chances.’