Staff at Specsavers in Brownhills, West Midlands welcomed a group of youngsters from Belarus, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Four children visited the High Street store to receive free eye examinations. The trip was part of a series of visits aimed at improving the health of youngsters from Belarus, organised by the charity 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 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. 

Monica Brocklebank, store director at Specsavers in Brownhills, says: ‘We were delighted to be able to help the children and welcome them to Brownhills. Access to eyecare is something we take 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.

‘During their visit, our opticians carried out sight tests on all the youngsters and we supplied free glasses to those who required them. Having the correct 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.’

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