A group of youngsters from an area still affected by the Chernobyl disaster visited the team in June to receive free eye examinations and glasses.

A warm welcome
Specsavers in Southsea were thrilled to welcome youngsters to the store.  The group are from the Kyiv region in the Ukraine, an area which remains contaminated with radiation nearly 30 years after the nuclear power disaster. The visit was organised by the charity, Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline and was one in a series that aims to improve the health of the children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Playing our small part
Colin Jenkins, director of Specsavers Southsea, says: ‘Having good eyecare is essential for all children as it can greatly enhance their quality of life and education chances, simply because they are able to see everything. For the children visiting us from Kyiv, the need for good eyecare is even greater. The radiation they’re subjected to increases the chances of developing conditions such as cataracts, which would go undetected without an eye examination. Since there’s no access to eye care in their home town, we’re delighted to give them the opportunity here at Specsavers Southsea.’

About the charity
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline brings children to England each year to help them overcome some of the terrible after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The children come from social situations that make it difficult for them to receive the care they require back home. Just one visit alone can add two years to their life expectancy.

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