Staff at Specsavers opticians in Grantham welcomed a group of youngsters from Belarus today, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to the store for free eye examinations.

Thirteen children visited Specsavers in the Isaac Newton Centre along with two of their teachers. The trip was part of a series of visits aimed at improving the health of youngsters from Belarus, organised by the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

The charity 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.

Friends of Chernobyl Children raises money to provide family placements for children from the Mogilev region for at least one month every year, and to meet the full costs of these visits which include optical, dental and health checks.

Sight tests and glasses provided for free

Bijal Ladva, store director at Specsavers in Grantham, says: ‘We were delighted to be able to help the children and welcome them to Grantham.

Access to eyecare is something we take for granted in this country, but unfortunately the majority of these children do not have access to it and they can be severely hampered as a result. ‘During their visit, our opticians carried out sight tests on all the youngsters and the adults who came with them.

We also supplied free glasses to those who required them and gave the children a goody bag each.

Correct eyecare essential for children

'Having the correct eyecare is essential for children, as it can greatly enhance their quality of life and education chances simply because they are able to see everything.’

For more about the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity, please visit Specsavers at The Isaac Newton Centre in Grantham, or telephone 01476 572111. 

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