A charity worker from Milton Keynes has beaten hundreds of applicants from the East of England to be named as a regional finalist for the renowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Flying the flag for glasses wearers

Matthew Neal, 28, was selected to represent the 25-35 age category in the East of England for the annual competition hosted by Specsavers in aid of children’s charity, Kidscape.

The father-of-one, who works as a community project officer at The Affordable Warmth Network, is the winner of Specsavers vouchers worth £150 and a bottle of champagne. Matthew was invited to Specsavers in Milton Keynes to be presented with his prizes and said: ‘I’ve been wearing glasses for three years now after a change in job role. I noticed my eyes were quite blurry when looking at computers but I didn’t really want to wear glasses as I’m quite sporty.

‘Now that I wear them I really like them – my friends and family think I look quite cool. I’d advise anyone in need of glasses to speak to the professionals as they can offer a lot of help and advice to make sure you feel happy and confident, and get a pair that suits you.’

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