Eye tests support for kids affected by Chernobyl

Staff at Specsavers in Morpeth recently welcomed a group of children from eastern Europe into the store for an eye health check.

Monday, 17th September 2018, 10:30 am

The six youngsters and their translator received free eye tests during their visit and those that needed them were provided with a new pair of glasses.

The children live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and were in Northumberland on a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line.

It aims to improve the health and well-being of the children who are still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.

Ronnie Turner, manager of Specsavers in Morpeth, said: “Having the correct eyecare can greatly improve quality of life and education. We often take access to eyecare for granted in this country, but sadly many of these children don’t have access to the treatment they need.

“It was a pleasure to be able to help and it was great to gift free glasses to those who needed them.”