Archie supports eye cancer fundraiser

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A local tot who has survived gruelling treatment for eye cancer helped launch support for a fundraising campaign.

Two-year-old Archie Tait and mum Michelle Madden visited Vison Express in Glasgow as part of the recent Retinoblastoma Awareness Week.

Archie was diagnosed with retinoblastoma aged ten months and has endured demanding medical treatment including chemotherapy. He was invited to the store to promote its fundraising efforts on behalf of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT)

Staff raised money through activities such as a “guess the name of the teddy” game and a donation-only “glasses MOT.”

Joy Felgate of CHECT said: “In the UK, almost every week a child under the age of five is diagnosed with retinoblastoma. It is very treatable, with 98% of children surviving.

“However, most will need an eye removed to save their life, and some will lose both eyes.

“Retinoblastoma is often unheard of by parents, so World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week is important to focus attention on the vital signs to spot, and help raise funds so we can continue to support families and individuals affected by this devastating and life-threatening condition.”

Ross Thomson, manager of the Glasgow branch of Vision Express, added: “Our thanks go to Archie and Michelle for visiting the store and supporting our fundraising efforts.

“It’s a great morale boost for the team to do something meaningful for such a good cause, and having Archie in-store really spurred us on - every penny we raised counts.”