Wisbech optician plans week of fund raising to help niece with rare genetic condition

A WISBECH optician is planning a week of Easter themed activities to raise money for a covered play area, so a five-year-old girl with a rare genetic condition can play outside safely.

Hazel Avery suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which causes the skin and eyes to be extremely sensitive to UV light. The condition means Hazel has an increased risked of developing skin cancer and blindness and needs to wear protection when she goes outside.

From Monday April 2 - 9 staff at Specsavers, located at 9 Market Place, will host a fun-packed week of activities to raise money for a covered outdoor play area for Hazel. There will be face painting, an in-store Easter egg hunt for customers, as well as other exciting activities.

Specsavers Wisbech store director, Mike Avery, who is also Hazel’s uncle, said: “My niece is a very special little girl. Even though she suffers from this rare condition she never complains and we really want to help raise enough money to buy her an outdoor play area where she will be safe from the sun. With other funds Hazel can also have the protected area modified as she grows.

“I sincerely hope that the week will also raise awareness about the condition. I’m even having my legs waxed to help with the donations”.’

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To find out more about Xeroderma Pigmentosum visit www.hazelavery.com or to join in with the fun week please visit Specsavers in Wisbech or call 01945 428 810.

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