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Christmas present for Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Press Release   •   Dec 17, 2015 09:09 GMT

Vision Express has presented its nominated charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), with a cheque for £24,000.

The amount was donated following the Vision Express annual charity quiz.

During the quiz night Patrick Tonks, Chief Executive of CHECT, accepted the cheque from Neil McGowan, Retail and Operations Director at Vision Express and Jenny Wye, Senior PR Manager.

The money, raised from the quiz night and recent donations made at Vision Express stores across the UK, will help CHECT support children and their families affected by a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma.

Neil McGowan said: “We continue to do a great deal of work to raise money and awareness for CHECT throughout our stores and within our support office.

“As a charity, CHECT is really close to our hearts and we’re delighted to present this cheque for £24,000. We are really proud of the special relationship we have with the Trust and look forward to continuing to support them in the New Year.”

CHECT Chief Executive Patrick Tonks said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount raised by Vision Express. As a charity we do not receive any government funding so every pound raised for us is extremely important. We are looking forward to using this wonderful donation to help us to continue to support those affected by retinoblastoma, raising awareness to promote early diagnosis of the condition and helping fund vital research.

“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Vision Express. The impact on what CHECT has been able to achieve as a result has been immense.”

Vision Express was the first optician in the UK to adopt a company-wide protocol alerting employees to the signs of retinoblastoma in a bid to reduce delays in diagnosis.

The fund-raising quiz night brought together over 100 Vision Express employees and associates to raise money.

Photo caption: L-R: CHECT chief executive Patrick Tonks, Vision Express Retail and Operations Director Neil McGowan and Vision Express Senior PR Manager Jenny Wye.

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.

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