When the team at Specsavers Blackheath recently welcomed a group of children from Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (FOCC) into store, the latest addition to the team made sure it was a day to remember.

During their visit, Daniel Masih arranged activities including memory games, puzzles and interactive lessons about eye health, as well as serving up lunch and snacks. At the end of the day, each of the children were given a personalised goodie bag, which included stationery, sweets and toys.

Store director, Iram Noreen, was so impressed that she nominated Daniel for a Specsavers Customer First award and he was the proud recipient of one of two ‘outstanding’ awards presented in October.

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‘Daniel arranged a super entertaining day for the children,’ said Iram. ‘He planned icebreakers, riddles, stories, dancing games and even went as far as organising a Russian interpreter to help the children and their accompanying carers. All-in-all it was a hugely fun packed and lively day that made the children really happy. Daniel has proved to be a huge asset to the team and I’m so pleased his hard work and kindness were rewarded with the Customer First Award.’

The visit was part of an initiative organised by the FOCC, a registered charity that funds and organises yearly visits for Belarusian children from disadvantaged social backgrounds to the UK, where they stay with host families for temporary recuperative care. The charity targets particularly needy children from seven to 12 years of age, who are suffering from the ongoing effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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