Children from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster visited a Newark opticians for free sight tests last week, organised by the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity.

Honoured to help

The 11 youngsters and their translator visited the Newark Specsavers store at Morrisons Superstore, King’s Road, for free eye examinations and glasses for those that needed them. This was the fourth annual trip that the store has hosted for the charity. Morrisons also provided a buffet and goodie bags for the children while they waited for their sight tests. 

Sarbjeet Soar, store director at Specsavers in Newark, said: ‘We’re honoured to host the children affected by the terrible Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The majority of these children do not have access to any kind of eyecare so without visits like this, their eye health could seriously deteriorate.

'We gave each child an eye examination and free specs if they needed them. Having corrective glasses can make an enormous difference to their quality of life and helps improve their education chances - simply because they can read and see everything around them.’

Small initiative makes bi

The annual visit to Specsavers is part of an initiative organised by Chernobyl Children Life Line. The charity arranges respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require back home and just one visit alone can add two years to their life expectancy.

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