Specsavers in Beeston hosted one of Nottinghamshire’s most up and coming authors on 13 July, as she launched her first book.
Specsavers on The Square held the launch of 11-year-old Lowri Moore’s first book – Princess Rose & the Golden Glasses. Lowri, who has worn specs since she was a baby and is a lifelong Specsavers customer, wrote the book after a letter she sent to Disney last year asking them to create more glasses-wearing princesses failed to get a response.
‘I want people to feel confident in their glasses – and that’s essentially what the book is about,’ she said. ‘Growing up I’d look at princesses and they’d never be wearing glasses, it made me think I wasn’t good enough because I wore them. Eventually, I realised that this wasn’t the case at all and so I wanted to help other people, who may have been experiencing similar thoughts to me, to feel better about themselves.’
Lowri’s book, which has already received national media attention, tells the tale of a princess who doesn't really like wearing her glasses because she thinks she's not beautiful. At the end of her journey she comes to realise that wearing specs makes no difference to how she is perceived and any negative thoughts she had disappear. Sales of the book will help support the charity Operation Orphan, with 30% of the profits being used to enable orphans and vulnerable children to have access to the eyecare they need.
Lowri’s story really struck a chord with store partners Krishna Parmar and daughter Amisha Parmar, who is an optometrist at Specsavers Beeston.
Amisha said: ‘I was short-sighted from a very early age and rather than wear specs, because I was worried about my appearance and what people would think of me, I wore contact lenses. To hear Lowri speak really resonated with me and I’m so delighted that she had the confidence to approach Disney and then go on to write such a lovely story. Hopefully, it will reassure other children to wear their specs with pride.’
Krishna continued: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Lowri – she’s not only a talented young author, but she’s also a wonderful role model and specs-wearing ambassador. We, along with other Specsavers stores across the country, will be supporting Lowri’s efforts by buying and distributing 1,000 copies of her book to local children. Plus, through the sale of the book, we’ll also be supporting a wonderful charity.’
To order a copy of the book, which costs £6.99, click here.