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Grantham opticians welcomes Chernobyl youngsters

Children from Belarus, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, outside Grantham's branch of Specsavers.

Children from Belarus, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, outside Grantham's branch of Specsavers.

 

Staff at an opticians in Grantham welcomed a group of youngsters from Belarus, an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to the store for free eye examinations on Thursday, June 12.

Thirteen children visited Specsavers in the Isaac Newton Centre along with two of their teachers.

The trip was part of a series of visits aimed at improving the health of youngsters from Belarus, organised solely by the charity Friends of Chernobyl Children.

The charity brings children to England each year in a bid 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 recieve the care they require back home. Friends of Chernobyl Children raises money to provide family placements for children from the Mogilev region for at least one month every year, and to meet the full costs of these visits which include optical, dental and health checks.

Bijal Ladva, store director at Specsavers in Grantham, said: “We were delighted to be able to help the children and welcome them to Grantham. Access to eyecare is something we take for granted in this country, but unfortunately the majority of these children do not have access to it and they can be severely hampered as a result.”

The children were also taken to Downtown and provided with new shoes.

Member of the trust Helen Sewell said: “Staff were excellent in helping the children and also gave a huge discount to our charity so that we are able to purchase good quality shoes and trainers for each child.”

She added: “We are extremely grateful to all at Specsavers who provide a fantastic and valuable service to all in our group.”

For more information, or to find out how to make a donation to Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, please visit Specsavers at the Isaac Newton Centre, Grantham, call 01476 572111 or visit www.specsavers.co.uk/grantham

 

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