Opticians show support for visiting Chernobyl children

Opticians in Lancaster have supported children affected by the Chernobyl disaster, by inviting them into the store for an afternoon of free eye tests, glasses and fun activities.

Staff at the Specsavers store in Lancaster welcomed 16 children from Belarus and the Ukraine, who are visiting the area as part of a trip organised by Friends of Chernobyl’s Children – Lancaster.

Specsavers staff administered eye tests and provided free eye care and glasses to the children that needed them.

The repercussions of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 are still being felt in Belarus, and trips such as this provide the children with respite from the poverty-stricken conditions in their home country.

During their month stay with host families, the children receive recuperative healthcare, English lessons and, most importantly, lots of loving care.

Michael Jackson, store director at Specsavers Lancaster says: ‘We are incredibly privileged to play our part in helping these children have the best time in Lancaster. This is our seventh year inviting the children into store and it’s always lovely to see first-hand the ongoing positive impact these visits have.

‘A simple eye test may seem routine to you or me, but to the people affected by the Chernobyl disaster, this is an important aspect of their healthcare which can often be overlooked.

‘More support will always be needed to help improve the lives of the children affected by the disaster and our team are happy to contribute in whatever way we can.’

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