A group of children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster visited Specsavers Stourbridge and Kingswinford on Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August, as part of a trip organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
The sister stores welcomed in the group of 18 children from Belarus who all had free eye examinations and were given glasses if they needed them.
The visit to the UK is aimed at improving the health of youngsters who have been affected by the lingering effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and is one of a series of annual trips which ensure the children get access to vital healthcare.
‘We were delighted to welcome back the children from Belarus again,’ said store director Jason Bridgewater.
‘It’s the seventh year that we’ve supported Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline and it’s always rewarding to meet the children and be able to help in some small way – most of those who visit don’t have access to any kind of eye care really is important that we offer this support.’
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline
The annual visit is part of an initiative organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, which arranges respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require at home and just one visit can add two years to their life expectancy.