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Eye cancer youngster opens new Vision Express store in Bishop Auckland

Press Release   •   May 08, 2014 14:44 BST

Vision Express has officially opened its new local Bishop Auckland store at Tindale Crescent Retail Park, with a ribbon-cutting by a Cornsay family who are campaigners for a rare form of eye cancer.

Four year old Skye Cleverdon, brother Jack and parents Mike and Jo, joined store staff to declare the new Vision Express store officially open.

They made the special visit representing the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), which is a nominated charity of Vision Express.

Skye was diagnosed with an eye cancer called unilateral retinoblastoma just before her second birthday and following treatment had her left eye removed. Skye and her family officially opened the brand new store, which will deliver a thorough vision care service to the Bishop Auckland community and has created two new jobs in the town. Two retail associates have been appointed, Samantha Brown and Elizabeth Alderson, while store manager Michelle Debnath has relocated from Leeds.

Over the next year, the brand new store is set to fundraise for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), hoping to raise £1,000 to help CHECT support families and fund vital research into retinoblastoma.

Store manager Michelle Debnath said: "Our thanks go to Skye and her family for marking this special occasion with us. We look forward to welcoming customers to our new home which now includes sophisticated eye health screening equipment and a wide selection of frames."

Vision Express offers an eye examination 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 visit the Bishop Auckland Vision Express store at Tindale Crescent Retail Park, call 01388 609276 or visit