A young eye cancer survivor was guest of honour at the official opening of the Vision Express store in the High Street, Cranleigh on Saturday.
Abbie Pelluet, age 7 from Worcester Park, London, is pictured here (second from left) with (from left to right) Vision Express Store Manager Alexandra Bave, mum Lisa, brother Samuel & dad Peter Pelluet. Abbie was officially representing the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), a nominated charity of Vision Express.
Abbie was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as she was approaching her second birthday, and a week later had life-saving surgery at the Royal London Hospital to remove her affected eye.
Since the diagnosis, the family have been avid supporters of CHECT, regularly supporting the charity in a variety of ways including participating in fundraising events and volunteering their time to run activities during the charity’s Member’s Weekend.
Commenting on the opening, Abbie’s mum Lisa said: “We all enjoyed opening the new Cranleigh Vision Express store.
“An extra surprise was that the store gave Abbie a brand new pair of sunglasses and had also arranged some lovely flowers for me as a thank you, which was great. Abbie and I were really pleased to be part of the day and to help raise awareness of retinoblastoma.”
The Cranleigh store has been on the same site for more than 20 years and recently closed for refurbishment. It has opened with the latest in eye care facilities and equipment.
Store Manager of Vision Express Cranleigh, Alexandra Bave, said, “We are keen supporters of CHECT. It was lovely for Abbie and her family to represent the charity and we were delighted that they took the time to come and officially open our new look store.
“Our Vision Express team here has many years of experience looking after eye care in the community.
“We are delighted with our new store and look forward to continuing to offer a high level of service including comprehensive sight tests, sophisticated eye health screening equipment and a wide selection of frames in our new look store.”
Vision Express offers an eye examination to best practice guidelines of the College of Optometrists (COO), with each Vision Express optometrist being a qualified health professional and registered with the General Optical Council. To book an eye test, visit the Vision Express store in Cranleigh, or call 01483 272 750, or visit www.visionexpress.com
Report and picture contributed by Annabel Hillary.