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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Optometrist nominated for Heart of Ulverston award

AN eye-care professional, whose dedication to putting her customers first helped save a young girl’s life, has been nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award.

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personal approach Heart of Ulverston awards nominee Tracey York-Andrews, an optometrist in the town who has been nominated by residents for her excellent service and caring approach

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Optometrist Tracey York-Andrews has been put forward in the Citizen of the Year category sponsored by the North-West Evening Mail.

Mrs York-Andrews specialises in dyslexia and her practice has the only Optomap retinal scanner in Cumbria.

Earlier this year, the specialist equipment revealed 14-year-old Ulverston Victoria High School pupil, Amber Buckley need life-saving surgery for water on the brain.

Mrs York-Andrews said: “She came in for a routine sight test, she didn’t have any headaches but we found out she needed brain surgery.

“She came in for an eye test the other day and she’s just a normal, happy teenage girl.

“The Optomap costs the same as a house but because it has saved Amber’s life it has already been worth it.”

Mrs York-Andrews, who is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to open her practice in Market Street after visiting the area and falling in love with Ulverston.

She has been nominated by residents who have praised her personal approach and excellent service.

Mrs York-Andrews said: “My practice is very different to everyone else’s, it’s not clinical and people feel more at home.

“I also have longer appointment times so it’s not like one of those high street opticians where they are trying to get people in and out.

“Because it is my own practice I have time to be friendly with people and make them feel relaxed.

“I also think it’s important to make the eye test fun for children because then for the rest of their lives they will have a positive attitude towards having their eyes tested.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

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