A YOUNG victim of the world's worst nuclear dis-aster has been able to see properly for the first time thanks to a Winsford optician.
Ten-year-old Elana Ustyugoza is from Belarus, badly affected by radiation fall-out from the Chernobyl power station disaster in 1986 due to its close proximity to the area.
She is currently staying with a Winsford family as part of a project led by the charity Chernobyl Children's Lifeline and was taken into Specsavers, on High Street, for an eye check. Opticians found Elana needed spectacles in order to correct her vision. Holly Plimmer, of Willow Close, who is looking after Elana, said: 'Since getting her new glasses Elana has cheered up no end, I keep seeing her catch a view of herself in shop fronts and windows and she smiles every time.
'Her family in Belarus simply can't afford for eye-care so for her to get the glasses she needs is brilliant.'
Specsavers' Gurinder Sangha said: 'It's great to be able to help children like Elana. The host families do such a great job in welcoming the children into their homes and arranging local activities.
'Spending just one month in this country can lengthen the children's life expectancy by an amazing two years and we're delighted to also be able make a difference.'
Meanwhile, the North-wich branch of Specsavers has helped eight visiting youngsters.
The children, aged between seven and 11, received an eye health check and pair of fashionable sunglasses. Five had specs made up for them.
Store director Harinder Notay said: 'We tested all the youngsters and gave new glasses to those that needed them.
'The eye tests also enable us to pick up on a range of medical disorders that the children may be suffering from, including tumours, cancers and diabetes.'
To find out more about the valuable work carried out Chernobyl Children's Life-line or to find out details of how to become a host family, visit www.chernobylchildlifeline.org.