Specsavers in Northallerton has this month welcomed a group of young children from Belarus – an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster – in order for them to learn more about their eye health.

The store on the High Street opened its doors to the children as part of their month-long trip to the UK.

The team at Northallerton Specsavers provided free eye tests, donated glasses to any who needed them and gave the children goody bags filled with balloons, stickers and sweets.

On-going partnership

Northallerton Specsavers were pleased to be able to host the visit, made possible via their on-going partnership with the charity Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

The charity funds and organises yearly visits for Belarusian children suffering from the resounding after-effects of the 1986 nuclear disaster, where they stay with host families for temporary recuperative care.

A word from the store director

Ruth Sinclair, store director at Specsavers in Northallerton, says: ‘The children who come across to the UK from Belarus are often in need of medical care for a number of issues, not least of which is eye care.

‘We’re so proud to be a friend of the organisation, and to be able to do our part in helping those less fortunate than ourselves who come from such a disadvantaged part of the world.’

To find out more about the Northallerton branch of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, visit: https://foccnorthallerton.weebly.com/ 

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