CHILDREN from Chernobyl – the location of the world’s worst nuclear disaster – are visiting the borough this month.
A total of twenty children from the Russian town will be welcomed to Specsavers Solihull for free eyecare. The first group arrived this week and other youngsters will be arriving within the next few days.
The visit has been organised as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Project – which is helping to tackle the after-effects of the 1986 catastrophe.
During their visit, children stop with local families and enjoy a number of social activities including day trips and picnics.
But the project is also hoping to deal with some of the health problems which are still being caused by radiation in the area.
Brad Parkes, store director at Specsavers in Solihull, said: “This is the sixth year that we’ve had the children come to the store and we’re always delighted to see them. Despite the conditions that they are growing up in back home, they are always happy and smiling and we’re pleased we can help them in some small way.”
To find out more go to www.chernobyl-children.org.uk