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Bedford mum selected as spec wearing regional finalist

06 September, 2016
Specsavers Bedford celebrates local mum selected as a regional finalist
Retail manager Lianna Lowe with regional finalist Theresa Parsons

An early years practitioner from Bedford has beaten hundreds of applicants from the East of England to be chosen as a regional finalist for the renowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Wearing glasses with pride

Theresa Parsons, a 51-year-old mum of three, came top in the 45-59 age category of the annual competition hosted by Specsavers in aid of children’s charity, Kidscape.

Theresa, who works in a local school, has won Specsavers vouchers worth £150 and a bottle of champagne and was invited to Specsavers in Bedford to be presented with her prizes and meet with retail manager Lianna Lowe, who said: 'Theresa looks great in her glasses and wears them with pride.’

All the in name of charity

Theresa, who decided to enter after noticing that £1 is donated to Kidscape for every entry made, shares her views on wearing glasses: ‘I first had my eyes tested when I was in my twenties and was told that I needed glasses. At the time I didn’t feel confident enough to wear them as I was quite self-conscious. I’ve now been wearing glasses for five years and I love them. I chose my glasses because I think they really reflect my personality - it’s great that there are so many different shapes, styles and colours these days.’

She continued: ‘When I saw that Specsavers is fundraising for Kidscape through Spectacle Wearer of The Year I really wanted to find out more about the charity. I felt embarrassed about wearing glasses when I was younger and I know that other children may worry about that too, so it’s nice to hold my head high and champion specs wearers across the country.’

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