The staff at Edmonds & Slatter Opticians gave up their days off to run an extra clinic day in September to test the eyes of 5 young girls visiting from Chernobyl.
The children’s visit was arranged by the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children charity’s Markfield Branch. They were part of a group of 10 children who came to the UK for a 4 week recuperative visit to help build up their immune systems.
At home in Belarus the radioactive contamination from the 1986 nuclear accident still affects the atmosphere resulting in the children being 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 boots their shattered immune systems and can extend their lifespan by up to two years.
Practice Manageress Michelle Stubley said “All British children enjoy the privilege of a free eye test from the NHS but as these children were visitors we were happy to donate our time and testing skills free of charge”
Everyone had a clean bill of optical health so no spectacles were required, but they did not leave empty handed as goodie bags with assorted toys and sweets were provided for all.
For further information on assisting the children’s charity please call John Thatcher on 07708 822413 or to have your child’s sight tested please call Edmonds & Slatter, Glenfield practice, on 0116 2871025