A teenage survivor of a rare type of eye cancer was welcomed at Vision Express Redditch on Saturday 4th January - to officially re-open the store following a major refurbishment.
13-year-old William Randall, from Bromsgrove, lost an eye to an eye cancer called retinoblastoma when he was a baby. Alongside mum Barbara, William carried out the ribbon-cutting honours at the Redditch store's official launch. He is an ambassador for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), the nominated charity of Vision Express.
With a refresh of facilities and equipment, the Redditch store will help deliver state-of-the-art vision services to the local community from its home in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, where it has traded from since 1989.
Vision Express Redditch store manager Joanne Morris said: "Our team have been providing optical care for over 20 years, and it's fantastic to celebrate a refresh of our facilities. It was wonderful to have William join us to officially open our new-look home, on behalf of CHECT. His visit gave a real sense of how the money raised by our store and customers will help benefit families affected by retinoblastoma."
The store offered goody bags to shoppers to fundraise for CHECT.
Vision Express has supported CHECT since 2010. The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust chief executive Joy Felgate said: "The funds raised through the partnership between Vision Express and the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust will help ensure that when a parent's worst nightmare is realised, and they are told the devastating news that their child has eye cancer, they do not have to face this on their own.
"We are extremely grateful for everything Vision Express does to help raise awareness of eye cancer in children and much needed funds to enable us to continue this vital work."