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Teen eye cancer survivor helps reopen Vision Express Worthing store

Press Release   •   Jan 27, 2016 10:48 GMT

A teenager who overcame childhood eye cancer has helped Vision Express reveal the results of a refit at its Worthing store.

Megan Thomas, aged 15, was joined by her mum Anna to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony declaring the upgraded opticians, in Montague Street, open on Sunday January 24.

Megan, who is an ambassador for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer) while she was a baby. As a result, she received extensive chemotherapy and cryotherapy in London and had to have her right eye removed.

Now Megan and her mum, from Worthing, campaign for awareness of retinoblastoma on behalf of CHECT, one of the nominated charities supported by Vision Express.

Store directors Robert Gage and Peter Georgiou presented Megan with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for attending the event.

Robert gage said: “We have all had a fantastic day reopening the store and it was a pleasure to welcome Megan and her mum along.

“The refurbishment means that we now have upgraded facilities and state-of-the-art examining equipment which will help our staff carry on providing the best possible eye care to the local community.”

Megan added: “I’ve had a great day helping out at the Vision Express Worthing opening and particularly enjoyed the ribbon cutting.

“I’m really proud to promote and support an important charity like CHECT which helps children like me. The whole team at Vision Express have made me feel very welcome.”

Vision Express offers an eye test to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists, with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified eye health professional. To book an eye test at the store call 01903 212 244, visit Vision Express Worthing, 32 Montague Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3HA, or book online 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 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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