Radcliffe's Lesley Cree Opticians helps Chernobyl children
A Radcliffe opticians has cast their eye towards the children of Chernobyl, writes Benjamin Lynch.
Lesley Cree Opticians has worked together with Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (CCL) — a charity helping families affected by nuclear disasters — in order for them to receive free eye tests.
The company said eye care is vitally important to the well-being of the children and are pleased to be helping them.
A spokesman from Lesley Cree said: "We are delighted to be involved in helping these children by examining their eyes and providing glasses if needed.
"Eye health is an important part of the children’s wellbeing and if we can help in a small way then we are more than happy to do so."
The Chernobyl disaster — displacing 234,000 people and killing more than 50 — was the worst nuclear disaster in history whereby families in the area are still affected.
As a result of the radiation, children today are still being born with various forms of cancer, including leukaemia and bone cancer.
The children received the eye tests when they came over to the UK for a four-week stay from July to August, planned by CCL.
Each child was hosted by two families for two weeks each, for which a programme of activities was created.
This included visiting the dentist, opticians and fun days out involving a day out at the seaside, camping and even rock climbing.
By Benjamin Lynch.