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Poole fun day fundraiser to help eye cancer trust
A HOST of fun entertainment and games was held in Poole’s Dolphin shopping centre on Saturday to raise money for a children’s charity.
Vision Express organised a raffle, guess the weight of the cake and even saw one employee doing non-stop hula-hooping to raise funds for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, with one particular little Blandford girl in mind.
Lucy Rodriguez, aged 20 months, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at just 14 weeks old, leaving her with no sight in her right eye and partial vision in her left.
Her aunty, Katy Williams, 30, from Canford Heath, was on hand at the event to talk to members of the public about getting their children’s eyes tested.
She said: “Lucy is too young to have tests at the opticians, but her mum, Tracey, noticed she was having problems with her eyes and took Lucy to the doctors.
“Tracey, until recently, worked as a cancer nurse at Poole Hospital, so she knew to take Lucy to her GP to get her checked out.
“But, for parents of slightly older children aged four years old and up, they should be taking them regularly to get their eyes tested at the opticians and it’s free.”
Rosemary Classon, store manager, said: “The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust is the company’s chosen charity of the year, so our stores across the country are supporting them.
“We also held the event in conjunction with the charity’s 25th anniversary, as well as Vision Express’s 25th anniversary.
“The charity have these cuddly elephant toys, which have a removable eye, so that children can learn more about what happens when someone loses their sight.
“But they are just so rare to come by, that we wanted to fundraise as much money as possible, to buy more.
“Our event was about raising awareness of the charity and the condition itself, and people have been so generous in giving money to help others.”
For more information, go to www.justgiving.com/VEregionfive.
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