A customer relations officer from Neath has beaten hundreds of people to be named as a regional semi-finalist in Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Jasmine Gumms, 26, is in with a chance of winning an all-expenses paid trip to New York along with £10,000 spending money.

Jasmine, who started wearing glasses when she was nine years old, entered the competition while she was recovering from a spine operation after she fell off her horse.

‘They make me feel confident’

‘I’m completely comfortable wearing my glasses as they make me feel confident and they are just a part of me,’ she said.

‘I like to choose frames that go with my fashion and want to tell everyone to just be proud of wearing your glasses and embrace them.’

Jasmine was invited to her local Specsavers store and presented with a bottle of champagne, a semi-finalist certificate and a £150 voucher to spend at the store.

Neath store director, Nigel Northey, said: ‘It is great that we have a regional semi-finalist in the competition and I hope her love of wearing glasses will inspire other spectacle-wearers to also wear their glasses with pride.

‘I’d like to congratulate Jasmine on getting this far in the competition and wish her all the best of luck for the next round of judging.’

Kidscape donations

The 2016 awards were launched earlier this year by singer and dancer Kimberly Wyatt. For each entry made, £1 has been donated to Kidscape anti-bullying charity.

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