Staff at Specsavers in Irvine recently hosted a group of children from Belarus, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
A group of 10 youngsters visited the store to have their vision checked. The girls, aged from 10 to 12, are staying with local families for the duration of their time in Irvine.
The girls were in Scotland 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 nuclear explosion in 1986.
Jim Quinn, director of Specsavers in Irvine, says: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome the girls to Irvine and have them visit the store. Our opticians carried out sight tests on the youngsters and free glasses were prescribed to those who needed them.
‘We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country, but sadly, many of these children don’t have access to the treatment they need. Having the correct eyecare is vital and can greatly improve quality of life.’