Staff at Specsavers Livingston welcomed a group of 21 youngsters from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster into the store. The children and two interpreters received free eye examinations during their visit to Specsavers Livingston.

The children were also given glasses if required and gift cards for a local toy shop.

Recuperative holiday

The children live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were in Scotland on a recuperative holiday, organised by the charity, Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. The organisation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.

The visits, during which the children stay with local families, are said to boost their immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.

Always welcome

Ted Akil, director of Specsavers Livingston, said: ‘This is the 20th time that we have been involved with the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line recuperative visit and we are always delighted to welcome visiting groups into the store.

‘Our opticians carried out eye examinations on all of the visiting youngsters and it was wonderful to gift free glasses to those who needed them.

‘Having the correct eyecare can greatly improve quality of life and education. We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country, but sadly many of these children don’t get the treatment they need. It was a pleasure to be able to help.’

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