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Brain tumour discovered after a visit to the optician

A Haverhill optician’s is backing a regional campaign after a 17-year-old girl was diagnosed with a brain tumour following a routine visit to an optician.

Wardale Williams in Camps Road is backing the Keira Campaign to raise awareness of having regular eye tests, and to raise money for a children’s charity, CLIC Sargent.

Keira and her family from Sible Hedingham launched the campaign last month.

It was Wardale Williams optometrist Greg Hybel who spotted abnormalities during Keira’s eye examination in Halstead.

Keira was immediately referred to hospital where she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and, within five days, underwent surgery.

Since her treatment, she has undergone more than 30 sessions of radiotherapy, lengthy periods of steroid treatment and has MRI scans at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge every three months.

To date more than £1,600 has been raised for CLIC Sargent, and now all Wardale Williams practices are supporting the campaign.

Practice manager Emma Mobbs said: “As it was a colleague of ours who spotted Keira’s tumour, we have a close personal connection to this campaign.

“However, the main aspect for us is to raise awareness of the importance of having regular eye tests.

“Eyes are a good indicator of general health, potentially life-threatening conditions can be spotted during eye examinations, so it is very important people have their eyes tested at least every two years.

“We are delighted to be supporting CLIC Sargent. We will be organising some fundraising activities over the next six months, and anyone who wants to support the campaign can simply pop into the practice to make a donation.”

CLIC Sargent has been chosen as the campaign’s charity of choice due to the ongoing support it has provided to Keira and her family since her diagnosis.

Anyone wanting to support the campaign can make a donation at Wardale Williams in Haverhill.

People can also support Keira’s brother, Jamie Dixon, who is running the London Marathon for CLIC Sargent.

His Just Giving page is at www.justgiving.com/Jamie- London-Marathon.

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