A group of children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster visited Specsavers in Solihull at the beginning of August, as part of a trip organised by the Solihull Chernobyl Children’s Project.

The team welcomed the group of 12 children, aged 13-15, from Belarus who are all in remission from cancer. The children received free eye examinations and glasses were given to those who needed them.

The recuperative holidays in the UK aim to improve the health of the youngsters who are still affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The time away provides the children with a few weeks of fresh air and clean food.

A word from the store director 

‘We were delighted to welcome back the children from Belarus again, said store director, Brad Parkes. 

‘We’ve supported Solihull Chernobyl Children’s Project for almost 20 years and it’s always rewarding to meet the children and be able to help in some small way – the reaction of one of the children to having clear vision was incredibly humbling, we were all very moved.’

Doctors in Belarus say that the four-week holiday boosts the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist, or recover from, serious illness.

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