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Young Peterborough eye cancer survivor helps Vision Express open newly refurbished store

Press Release   •   Aug 26, 2015 11:51 BST

A 14-year-old eye cancer survivor joined the Vision Express Peterborough team as they unveiled their newly refitted store.

Ahead of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, Harry Harrison declared the store open in a special visit representing the retailer’s nominated charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, with a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion.

Harry was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer called retinoblastoma in July 2009 when he was eight years old. He underwent chemotherapy following the diagnosis and had an eye removed as part of his treatment.

The new look Vision Express in The Queensgate 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 Sehnaz Hassan welcomed Harry to the store and said she was extremely pleased with the refit.

She commented: “It was an absolute honour to have Harry along to our store today to perform the ceremonial ribbon-cutting on behalf of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

“We are all really excited to start using the new equipment in store and the whole team are looking forward to welcoming the public through our doors.”

Harry added: “I’ve had a great day reopening the Vision Express store in Peterborough. Being involved in the ribbon cutting was a fantastic experience and I was really proud to represent CHECT.

“The team at Vision Express Peterborough is extremely professional and helpful and I was really impressed with the great new facilities available.”

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 Peterborough Vision Express store at Unit 20, The Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, PE1 1NH, call 01733 555655 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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