Fifteen-year-old Kelsey performs ribbon cut to officially re-open Vision Express store at 112 High Street
A teen eye cancer survivor was guest of honour to launch newly refurbished premises for Vision Express Ruislip, which relocated its services following a fire at the store attended by over 35 local firefighters.
Kelsey Trevett, aged fifteen from South Oxhey, performed a ribbon cut as a special guest of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).
He was just 16-weeks-old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma in both eyes. The brave youngster underwent six months of chemotherapy, cryotherapy and laser therapy, as well as lifesaving surgery to remove one of his eyes.
At the age of five, Kelsey’s cancer returned and the treatment he received left him blind in both eyes. Despite relapsing and suffering further complications following his initial diagnosis, Kelsey has never let his sight problems stand in his way and was even given a prestigious Pride of Britain award in 2010 in recognition for his courage.
Within just six days of the fire in February 2016, a temporary Vision Express store was opened three doors away from where the original one was located. Following an extensive renovation, customers are now welcomed back to the optician’s home at 112 High Street.
- A nominated charity of Vision Express, CHECT raises awareness of retinoblastoma, also known as Rb. Around 50 to 60 cases of Rb are diagnosed each year and while 98% of those diagnosed will survive, they may face having an eye removed.
Kelsey and his mum were welcomed into the Ruislip optician by director Paras Vadgama and the store team, which has over 40 years of combined optical experience.
Paras said: “We were very happy to welcome Kelsey into the store to help us celebrate our relaunch following our unfortunate closure last year. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to restore the original store to its former glory, and it was great to hold a ribbon cutting with Kelsey to officially declare the store open.
“He is a great ambassador because of the courage he’s displayed at such a young age in the face of such adversity, and it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of an aggressive and devastating condition.”
- Vision Express has enjoyed an award-winning partnership with CHECT since 2010, using initiatives to raise awareness and drive donations for the charity, so they can help more families affected.
- It was the first optician in the UK to roll out a protocol to ensure a quick and effective referral if retinoblastoma is suspected. Employees and customers of Vision Express have raised over £415,000 since the partnership was forged and recently presented a cheque for £45,000 to the charity.
Vision Express offers an eye test to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists (COO), with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified eye health professional. To book an eye test at the Ruislip store call 01895 677461, visit 112 High Street, Ruislip HA4 8LS or make an online enquiry at: www.visionexpress.com/book-eye-test/
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 44 countries and spanning 6,100 stores and online. GrandVision is committed to delivering superior, high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world.
With almost 390 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best personalised optical care, style and quality. Customers can select from a wide range of frames and lenses for glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses, allowing everybody to reflect their individual personalities and lifestyles.
With prices starting from £39, the Exclusive Brands in-house collection of eyewear makes the choice at Vision Express both unique and affordable. For frames and sunglasses the styles range from iconic, retro designs to the latest in ultra-modern chic. High-quality brands to suit every style and every budget.
With over 4,000 employees, Vision Express makes a difference to the communities it operates within, and as part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, it 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 Charitable Partnerships and include: