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Chernobyl children visit Daybell & Choo Opticians

The independent provided free sight tests, spectacles and sunglasses to children on a month-long visit to the UK

Sheffield-based independent Daybell & Choo Opticians has provided free sight tests, spectacles and sunglasses to children affected the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The practice, which is part of the Hakim Group, welcomed six Belarusian girls who are staying with host families in the UK as part of a month-long break to boost their immune systems.

Optometrist Simon Mann said: “It was a privilege to host the children again and their enthusiasm and excitement to be here has made it a real delight.”

“We’re aware that the children do not get regular eye examinations at home, so for us to provide that for them and help them see clearly is such an incredible thing to be a part of. The whole trip is such a wonderful experience for them and I hope we’ve provided a service that can benefit them for the rest of their lives,” he added.

Young people in Eastern Europe are still affected by the disaster that occurred in 1986 and thousands are either born with or develop conditions such as thyroid cancer.

As well as a visit to the opticians, the children will go to the seaside for the first time as well as a day at a wildlife park.

Chair of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Sheffield Link, Ben Dean, explained that the visit to Daybell & Choo Opticians will help with the children’s progress at school as they will now able to read the board.

“Their appointment at Daybell & Choo, and their generosity to give away free glasses, is basically giving them the gift of sight. They’re delighted with their new glasses and they couldn’t wait to show them off to their host families,” he said.