Eye cancer survivor supports campaign

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A brave youngster who battled a rare eye cancer will help to raise funds at a Morpeth optician’s.

Ten-year-old Ellis Hicks will join staff at Vision Express Morpeth in Sanderson Arcade tomorrow to help drum up support for The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).

The company has been a supporter of the charity since 2010 and is carrying out a national fund-raising drive for World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week.

The Morpeth branch will invite people to guess the name of a teddy for a chance to win the bear, with entry priced at £1, and a donation-only glasses MOT is on offer. In addition, free family eye tests are available.

Ellis was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at the age of 13 months and despite treatment, he lost his left eye. He now serves as a CHECT ambassador to raise awareness of the cancer and the signs to spot.