This week Edmonds and Slatter Opticians in Glenfield provided an additional sight test clinic for young children suffering the after effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Their visit was arranged by the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity (Markfield Branch), as part of a 4 week recuperative visit to the UK which will help build up the children’s immune systems.
At home in Belarus the radioactive contamination from the nuclear accident still affects the atmosphere putting the children at high risk of contracting cancer or leukaemia. The children are often not expected to survive past 40 but a month of care in the UK boosts their immune systems and can extend their lifespan by up to two years.
It has become something of a tradition at Edmonds and Slatter, with the same children visiting year after year for their annual sight test, as well as a few new faces! Assistant Manager Carol Barker said “All British children enjoy the privilege of a free eye test on the NHS but as these children were visitors, we were happy to donate our time and provide a private sight test free of charge.”
Everyone had a clean bill of optical health with only one little girl requiring spectacles, which were also complimentary. She chose a pink frame which will be glazed in Edmonds and Slatter’s optical laboratory, ready to collect the following week. In the meantime the children did not leave empty handed as goodie bags were provided for all!