Two cancer survivors were recognised for their bravery during an award presentation at Vision Express Ipswich on Saturday (February 6).
In collaboration with the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), a nominated charity of Vision Express, Megan Lake, aged 12 and her brother Sam, 11 were named CHECT Champions.
Both Megan and Sam were diagnosed with retinoblastoma (eye cancer) as babies and their grandma, Kathy Wyncoll, nominated them for the awards, which recognise the bravery and courage of children affected by retinoblastoma.
Kathy said: “Both Megan and Sam have made such a great effort to be brave throughout their various treatments and check-ups for retinoblastoma.
“Both were only tiny babies when they were diagnosed, but they have done their best to overcome any fear or difficulty they’ve had.” And she told them: “You are both so loving and caring and enjoy helping others - you are true champions.”
The pair, from Foxhall Road, Ipswich, were each presented with a framed certificate and medal by store manager Elton Davids.
He added: “It has been really great to welcome Megan, Sam and their family into store today. They are both true champions and should be very proud of their bravery.
“It’s been lovely to be able to recognise a charity which does great work in helping children and their families, like Megan and Sam, who have been diagnosed with retinoblastoma.”
Vision Express offers an eye test to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists, with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified eye health professional. To book an eye test at the store call 01473 281199, visit Vision Express Ipswich, 18 Tavern Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3AY, or book online at www.visionexpress.com/book-eye-test/
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About Vision Express
Vision Express is the third largest optical retailer in the UK and part of GrandVision,the global leader in optical retail operating across 43 countries, spanning over 5,800 stores and online.
With more than 390 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Built on a passion for the profession, it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value. Customers can select from a vast range of genuine designer brands and the latest technology lenses, through to complete glasses from £39.
Vision Express is considered one of the leading and most trusted opticians in the UK and Ireland, with its European offering supported through sister eye care brands Grand Optical, Solaris and Generale D'Optique.
With around 4,000 employees, Vision Express makes a significant difference to the communities it operates within, and the organisations it chooses to support. As part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, Vision Express is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charity Project and include:
- Alzheimer’s Research UK
- Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)
- International Glaucoma Association
- Macular Society
- Stroke Association
- Temple Street University Hospital.