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Local eye cancer survivor joins Vision Express Stafford to celebrate 20th anniversary

Press Release   •   Dec 09, 2015 15:33 GMT

A seven year old eye cancer survivor from Hednesford was guest of honour at Vision Express Stafford on Saturday, as he helped the Guildhall Centre store commemorate its 20th anniversary.

Harrison Burden and mum Marie, joined the Stafford team, including store director Nicola Ratchford. Celebrations included a cake cutting and competition, where one lucky customer won a pair of frames.

Harrison is an ambassador for Vision Express’ nominated charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT). He was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer called retinoblastoma as a baby. As part of his treatment, he had chemotherapy, then later had an eye removed.

Nicola Ratchford, store director at Vision Express Stafford, has been part of the Vision Express team for 25 years.

She said: “Our thanks go to Harrison and Marie for joining us on such a momentous day in our history. It has been lovely having them here to celebrate with us, alongside our staff and loyal customers. We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from the local community and look forward to having many more happy years in Stafford.”

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 Vision Express Stafford visit Unit 9, Guildhall Centre, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2BB or call 01785 215 077. Book

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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