Specsavers in Hexham recently welcomed a group of children from Belarus into the store for free eye tests.
The children were in the UK on a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.
The four-week visits, spent with local families, are said to boost the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.
Pauline Wellstead, director of Specsavers in Hexham, said: ‘We were humbled to have the opportunity to help children affected by the disaster in Chernobyl.
‘Christine Burride, who is head of the charity in Tynedale, is one of our customers so we were more than happy to step in to help the children.’