Children from Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster will be visiting the Newark Specsavers for free sight tests on Monday 22 February, organised by the Chernobyl Children Life Line charity.

The 11 youngsters and their translator will visit the Newark Specsavers store at Morrisons Superstore, Kings Road, for free eye examinations and glasses for those that need them. This is the fourth annual trip that the store has hosted for the charity. Morrisons will be providing a buffet and goodie bags for the children while they wait 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’ll give each child an eye examination and free specs if they need 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.’

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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