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​The childhood eye cancer trust launches Art for Eyes to mark world Retinoblastoma awareness week.

Press Release   •   May 16, 2014 13:21 BST

National competition to help children appreciate the value of sight and raise awareness of the effects of eye cancer.

The children’s cancer charity CHECT is offering schools and clubs across the UK a chance to win a bespoke professional photo shoot plus art supplies in a competition to highlight the value of sight.

To mark World Retinoblastoma (Rb) Awareness Week (May 11-17) the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is inviting schools and groups around the UK to take part in the Art4Eyes competition to help educate children and parents about the condition while having fun getting creative.

Prizes worth £3,000 have been donated by Clara Lou Photography and Turners Art. The charity’s corporate sponsor, Vision Express, will be collating and judging entries.

Schools and clubs with children aged from 5 up to 11 are being invited to create a piece of artwork with the theme of ‘eyes’. To help children appreciate how precious sight is, they will also be encouraged to create special ‘filter’ goggles to view their work through, to demonstrate the effects eye cancer can have.

The entry pack will include lesson plans and activity ideas plus sticker packs and certificates to download.

CHECT chief executive Joy Felgate said: “Art4Eyes is a great way to help people understand the challenges faced by those with a loss of vision. We’re looking forward to seeing some exciting entries and hope schools and clubs will use the opportunity to stage their own exhibition to showcase their work to parents and raise vital awareness of this fast-growing cancer.”

Neil McGowan retail operations director at Vision Express, added: “We are very pleased to be involved with CHECT's campaign, which encourages eye care health to be taken more seriously, a subject matter which is very close to our hearts at Vision Express. "Art4eyes tackles this sensitive subject in a light-hearted and fun manner and we’re looking forward to both judging the awards and helping to build momentum for the campaign by encouraging local schools and clubs to take part.”

There are two entry categories - ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 11. Winning artworks will be displayed at the Art4Eyes exhibition in London later this year, alongside celebrity and professional submissions. They will also be displayed on the CHECT website www.chect.org.uk

Closing date for entries is June 27, 2014. For an entry pack email your school/club details and the number of children taking part (for your sticker pack) to art4eyes@chect.org.uk

About the childhood eye cancer trust (CHECT).

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) has been established for more than 25 years in the UK, supporting children diagnosed with retinoblastoma (Rb) and their families, raising awareness of the disease and funding research into treatments and care of those affected. In the UK, almost every week a child under the age of 5 will be diagnosed with Rb. It is very treatable and 98% of children will survive but most will need an eye removing to save their life. Some may lose both eyes and in rare circumstances a child may lose their life. Retinoblastoma is often unheard of by parents. One of the key areas of CHECT’s work is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease to help reduce delays in diagnosis and improve the chances of saving the sight of the child affected.