Children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have visited Specsavers Nottingham, as part of a visit organised by Chernobyl Children Lifeline.

The group of nine children visited the store on 19 December, where they received eye examinations and glasses if needed.

Their trip was made all the easier thanks to the expert translation skills of one of the store’s senior optical assistants Chris Dann, who is fluent in Russian.

The store has been hosting these trips for the charity for more than five years, helping to improve the health of youngsters who have been affected by the lingering effects of the 1986 disaster.

A word from the store director

Nicole Thacker, store director, says: ‘The children who come on visits with Chernobyl Children Lifeline often don’t have access to any kind of eyecare, so these trips are really valuable for them.

'We often take our health services for granted, but without proper eyecare, these children may be seriously disadvantaged in the future.

‘This year was particularly special for us as we got to see two of the children, Yelizaveta and Viktoriia, who had visited us before. It was great to meet them again, and of course to be able to monitor their eye health against their last visit.’

About Chernobyl Children Lifeline

The visit is part of an initiative organised by Chernobyl Children Lifeline, which arranges respite trips to the UK for children who are affected by the legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require at home and just one visit can add two years to their life expectancy.

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