Group has eyes on a brighter future

Specsavers Morpeth manager Helen Smith is thanked by Lilian Nelson for the store's support for Chernobyl Children's Life Line.
Specsavers Morpeth manager Helen Smith is thanked by Lilian Nelson for the store's support for Chernobyl Children's Life Line.
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A Morpeth businessman is helping a group of schoolchildren from a disaster hit Ukrainian town see a brighter future.

Ross Jennings, director of the Morpeth branch of Specsavers, recently stepped in to give the ten youngsters from Chernobyl free eye tests followed by a pair of prescription reading glasses and sunglasses each.

The ten and 11 year-old youngsters were in Morpeth as part of a four-week stay organised by Lilian Nelson, chairwoman of the local branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line, a charity that helps children suffering from the effects of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster.

Over the past three decades the people of Chernobyl have suffered from the disastrous economic and social fallout of the world’s worst nuclear reactor accident.

Staff at the opticians gave the children a day to remember as part of a their three-week stay in the town as they played games while waiting for their glasses, and were given goodie bags.

Ross said: “These children don’t have much through no fault of their own, due to the consequences of an event that took place years before they were even born.

“It was the right thing to do and we were all so pleased to be able to give a little back to people who really needed our help.

“I’m just happy that everyone had a great time.”

Lilian added: “I would like to thank Ross and his team for their kind help and generosity, which will make a big difference to the children’s lives.

“The children do not receive regular eye tests in their own country, and if they do need treatment it is rarely done with modern equipment.

“One youngster called Vlad had been tested in the Ukraine in December and yet by the time he was tested at Specsavers his prescription had significantly changed.”