Staff at Specsavers in Irvine welcomed a group of youngsters from Belarus – an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster – to its store this week.

The youngsters had their vision checked at the Specsavers store in the Rivergate Shopping Centre during a visit organised by Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

The charity aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the nuclear explosion in 1986.

Pleasure to welcome the group

Store director Jim Quinn said: ‘We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country but, sadly, many youngsters in Belarus don’t have access to the eye health treatment they need. Having the correct eyecare is vital and can greatly improve quality of life.

‘It was a pleasure to welcome the girls to Irvine and to our store. Our opticians carried out sight tests on the youngsters and free glasses were prescribed to those who needed them.

‘We’re very proud to have helped and hope they enjoy the rest of their time in Ayrshire.’

The group of 12 girls, all aged between eight and 12, are in Scotland on a recuperative holiday and are staying with local families for the duration of their time in Ayrshire.

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