A young eye cancer survivor from Milton Keynes has officially opened a new Vision Express store, during a special visit representing the retailer’s nominated charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.
Lottie Wilson, 19, declared the Berkhamsted store open in a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion, accompanied by store manager Rizwan Travadi and Neil McGowan, director of Retail Operations at Vision Express.
Lottie was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer called unilateral retinoblastoma as a baby, having an eye removed as well as undergoing chemotherapy as part of her treatment.
She is now a passionate supporter of CHECT, which supports families affected by the condition and funds vital research.
Last year Vision Express stores nationwide raised £105,000 for the Trust, and the new store has been tasked with raising money for the charity over the next seven months.
Store manager, Rizwan Travadi, who has previously worked in the Milton Keyne sbrancht, said “It was great to welcome Lottie to the store to do the ribbon-cutting honours on behalf of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.
“Our team at Berkhamstead has more than 50 years optical experience and we’re thrilled to have great new facilities and advanced testing equipment, to allow us to offer an individual and thorough vision care service to residents.”
Lottie added: “I really enjoyed opening the new Vision Express store. It was an exciting day and I was proud to cut the ribbon and cake, representing CHECT and raising awareness of retinoblastoma.
“I was very impressed by the new store. The technology and facilities are unbelievable, and the whole team was incredibly professional and friendly. I was given a guided tour and even a new pair of sunglasses. What a great day!”
Retinoblastoma is a rare form of cancer, affecting approximately one child a week in the UK, predominantly under the age of six years. Vision Express is proud to support The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), a UK wide charity for families
and individuals affected by the disease.