Opticians looks to help young Chernobyl victims

Qadir Baz tests eyes of Pavel Udaloi, aged 11. Buy photo: 341202L

Qadir Baz tests eyes of Pavel Udaloi, aged 11. Buy photo: 341202L Buy this photo

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STAFF at a Stourbridge opticians set their sights on helping youngsters suffering from the after effects of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Six children from Belarus, living in the shadow of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, were given free eye tests at Stourbridge opticians Specsavers on Thursday August 9.

The stop-off at the High Street opticians was organised by the Wolverhampton and Kinver Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity which each year hosts a month-long visit from youngsters battling the after effects of the nuclear power plant meltdown.

Store director Terry Tam said: “Our opticians carried out eye examinations on all the children and if they needed glasses we supplied these for free. It’s the least we can do to help them, as in their own country most of their families just can’t afford proper eyecare.

“Access to eyecare is something we take completely 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.”

A total of 25 youngsters have been staying with host families in the Kinver and Wolverhampton areas as part of the annual initiative.

A trip to Weston-super-Mare and horse riding lessons are among treats arranged for the children who are given the chance to visit England to enjoy a break, fresh air, good food and fun to help boost their weak immune systems.

Other activities lined up for their stay include dental check ups and treatment if needed; plus trips to the police dog training headquarters, Closer to the Edge outdoor activity centre, West Midlands Safari Park and Warwick Castle.

To make a donation towards the scheme or for more information on becoming a host family for the Wolverhampton and Kinver Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline visit www.ccll.org.uk/wolveskin or call Ann Becke on 01384 877220.

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