Staff at Specsavers in Glenrothes recently welcomed a group of children from Belarus into the store for free eye tests. The six youngsters live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were in Scotland on a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. 

The organisation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.

Trip boosts the children’s immune systems

The four week visits, staying with local families, are said to boost the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.

Free glasses prescribed

David Platt, store director in Glenrothes, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the children to Glenrothes. Our opticians carried out sight tests on all of the youngsters and free glasses were prescribed to those who needed them. 

Having the correct eyecare can greatly improve quality of life and education chances. We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country, but sadly, many of these children don’t have access to the treatment they need.

It was a pleasure to be able to help.’

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