Eye tests for chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Seven young­sters who live in the shadow of the world’s worst nu­clear blast were given free eye­sight tests in Maid­stone.

Last Wed­nes­day the chil­dren, sup­ported by char­ity Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren’s Life­line, vis­ited Op­ti­cal Ex­press in The Mall, where one had glasses pre­scribed to them fol­low­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion. Leyana Martin, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Op­ti­cal Ex­press, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic char­ity that we sup­port by pro­vid­ing them all with free sight tests, and spec­ta­cles if re­quired.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion helps chil­dren and their fam­i­lies from Be­larus and Ukraine af­fected by fall­out from the Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear ex­plo­sion in 1986. Many are born with, or go on to de­velop, can­cer.

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