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​Eye cancer youngster opens new Vision Express store in Camden

Press Release   •   May 28, 2014 12:03 BST

Five year old Erin Gentry and parents unveil new Vision Express High Street store.

A Crouch End family who are campaigners for a rare form of eye cancer have officially opened a new Vision Express store on Camden High Street.

Five year old Erin Gentry and parents Tamzin Caffrey and Mark Gentry, joined store staff in a ribbon cutting 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.

Erin was diagnosed with an eye cancer called unilateral retinoblastoma in 2012 and underwent chemotherapy after having an eye removed. Erin and her family officially opened the brand new store, which will deliver a thorough vision care service to the Camden community and has created four new jobs in the town. Two opticians have been appointed, Fazlin Kanji and Satvir Hansi alongside two new optical assistants, Sergio Tur and Inayah Dar.

Over the next year, the 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 Kaukab Asam, said: “Our thanks go to Erin 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 Camden Vision Express store at 122 Camden High Street, call 0207 267 0251 or visit www.visionexpress.com