An 11-year-old boy who has been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has been welcomed by Specsavers Wellington as part of a visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

During his visit, Daniil Prymachenka received a free sight test from the team. Aimed at improving the health of youngsters who have been affected by the lingering effects of the 1986 disaster, the visit is one of a series of annual trips which ensure children get access to vital healthcare.

Store director, Martin Skehan, said: ‘We often take our health services for granted in this country, but without proper eyecare children like Daniil may be seriously disadvantaged for the future. That’s why these visits and the work of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline are so important.

‘Daniil is staying with a local family during his four-week visit to the UK and, thanks to the medical care he’ll receive and the temporary respite from the afflicted regions of Belarus, it’s likely that his life expectancy will increase by two years. We really enjoyed having him in store and wish him all the best for the future.’

Organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, the initiative includes respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Children who benefit from the scheme 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.

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