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Free tests for Chernobyl kids

Ryma Kryvanosava and Karyna Shumskaya (10) who were given free eye tests at Leven's Specsavers branch during a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Childrens Life Line.

Ryma Kryvanosava and Karyna Shumskaya (10) who were given free eye tests at Leven's Specsavers branch during a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Childrens Life Line.

Staff at Specsavers in Leven recently welcomed a group of children from Belarus into the store for free eye tests.

Ryma Kryvanosava and Karyna Shumskaya, both 10, and Natalia Kavalenka and Tatsiana Yefimenka, both 11, live in an area still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The girls were in Scotland on a recuperative holiday, organised by charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children still suffering from the aftermath of the 1986 explosion.

The four-week visits, staying with local families, are said to boost the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them to resist or recover from serious illness.

Adrian McCann, director of Specsavers in Leven, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the girls to Leven and have them visit the store. Our opticians carried out sight tests on the children and free glasses were prescribed to those who needed them.

“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. Having the correct eyecare is vital and can greatly improve quality of life.”

 

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