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Local eye cancer survivor unveils Vision Express Maidenhead store

Press Release   •   Jan 11, 2016 12:36 GMT

Brave Maggie Bray, aged 7, is guest of honour at official launch

A seven-year-old eye cancer survivor joined Vision Express Maidenhead on Thursday to unveil its newly refitted store after trading in Maidenhead for 20 years.

Maggie Bray, aged seven, from Maidenhead and her parents Chris and Lea-Anne, declared the store open in a special visit representing the retailer’s nominated charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust. Maggie led proceedings with a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion. Store manager Tim Collins also presented Maggie with a teddy bear as a thank you.

Maggie was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer called unilateral retinoblastoma in 2009 when she was just one-year-old. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy and cryotherapy treatment at the Royal London Hospital.

The revamped Vision Express in the Nicholson Centre will house upgraded facilities and state-of-the-art examining equipment, which will allow the store to continue to deliver an individual and thorough vision care service to the local community.

Store manager Tim Collins welcomed Maggie and her family to the store and said he was extremely pleased with the refit.

He commented: “It was an honour to have Maggie and her parents along to our store today to perform the ribbon-cutting on behalf of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

“We’ve had a great day today reopening the store and the response we’ve had from customers old and new has been phenomenal.”

Maggie’s mum Lea-Anne Bray added: “It has been really fun spending time with the team and looking round the newly refurbished Maidenhead store. We’ve been made to feel really welcome and we’re so proud of Maggie for flying the flag for CHECT.

“Maggie was has been really excited to come to the store opening and told all her class at Sandylane Primary School.”

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 Maidenhead Vision Express store at 9 Nicholsons Lane, Maidenhead, West Berkshire, SL6 1LB, call 01628 781180 or visit

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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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