Specsavers in Bromsgrove welcomed two youngsters who were affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to their store, as part of a visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

The visit to the store, which was aimed at improving the health of youngsters who have been affected by the disaster, saw the children given free eye examinations and glasses if needed.

‘We were really pleased to have the two children visit us in store for their free eye examinations,’ said Mark Gibson, store director. ‘Having access to eyecare is very important for children and can greatly enhance their quality of life and education chances.

‘Sadly, many of the children who are supported by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline haven’t had access to eyecare, and without visits like this their eyesight could deteriorate, hampering their progress as a result.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline 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 and it is thought that just one visit can add two years to their life expectancy.

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