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Free eye checks for Chernobyl victims

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Sixteen children affected by the Chernobyl disaster are to be given free eye checks at a Derbyshire hospital, to try to help them recover from the effects of the nuclear tragedy.

The youngsters, from Belarus, will be treated by orthoptists and optometrists, who are giving their time for free, at the King’s Mill hospital near Mansfield, having been brought over to England by a King’s Mill employee who works with a charity that helps victims of the disaster.

The children, aged from eight to 13, will spend four weeks staying with host families in the Derbyshire dales.

Although the Chernobyl disaster happened 23 years ago, many youngsters living near the site, which is over the border in the Ukraine, are still affected, and tests on other children who have made previous trips to Derbyshire have shown that one month away from home has had a demonstrable improvement on their health.

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