Staff at Specsavers in Morpeth recently welcomed a group of children from Chernobyl into the store for an eye health check. The six youngsters and their translator received free eye tests during their visit and those that needed them, were provided with a new pair of glasses.

The children live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were in Northumberland on a recuperative holiday, organised by 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 four-week visits, staying 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.

A word from our store manager

Ronnie Turner manager of Specsavers in Morpeth, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the children back to Morpeth. Our opticians carried out sight tests on all of the youngsters and it was great 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 eye care for granted in this country, but sadly, many of these children don’t have access to the treatment they need. It was a pleasure to be able to help.’

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