The Lancaster store supported children affected by the Chernobyl disaster by inviting them into the store for free eye tests and glasses.

Staff at the Specsavers store in Cheapside prepared goody bags for each of the 14 children from Belarus, who visited the area as part of a trip organised by Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’s branch. Lancaster Specsavers staff also administered eye tests and gave two pairs of free glasses to those children who needed them and their interpreters.

The repercussions of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 are still being felt in Belarus, and trips such as this one provide the children with the respite from the unhealthy conditions in their home country. During their stay with host families, the children receive recuperative healthcare, English lessons and, most importantly, lots of loving tender care from their UK host families.

A word from the store director

Specsavers Lancaster store director Michael Jackson said: 'We were incredibly privileged to play our part in helping these children have the best time in Lancaster. A simple eye test may seem routine to you or me, but to the people affected by the Chernobyl disaster, this is an important aspect of their healthcare which can often be overlooked. More support will always be needed to help improve the lives of the children affected by the disaster and our team are happy to have contributed in some small way.'

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