Newark Specsavers will be welcoming a group of 15 youngsters from Belarus – an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – to the store for free eye examinations and free specs if they need them.

The visit is part of a series of visits aimed at improving the health of youngsters from Belarus, organised by the charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

In between eye exams, the group will be treated to a buffet kindly donated by Morrisons. 

Sarbjeet Soar, store director, said: ‘This is the fourth year we’ve been able to help children affected by the terrible Chernobyl nuclear disaster and welcome them to Newark. Unfortunately the majority of these children do not have access to any kind of eyecare so without visits like this, their eyesight could deteriorate and they could be severely hampered as a result.

‘During their visit, our opticians will carry out thorough eye exams on all the youngsters and give them goody bags. We will also give free glasses to those who need them as having the correct eyecare is essential for children. It can greatly enhance their quality of life and education chances simply because they are able to see everything.’ 

The charity brings children to England each year in a bid to help them overcome some of the terrible after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require back home. Just one visit alone can add two years to their life expectancy.

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