Mum of three Sharon Crawford-White from Annaclone outside Banbridge, is a regional finalist in this year’s Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Sharon who works as a newborn hearing screener at Daisy Hill Hospital goes forward to the next stage of the competition and could win the chance to be part of the glitzy Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards night in London during October and the top prize of £10,000.

Sharon received a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher at her local Specsavers store in Banbridge.

Raises cash for Kidscape

The campaign was launched earlier this year by Strictly Come Dancing and the Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse and raises cash for children’s anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

Sharon started wearing glasses when she was 14 and says now they are very much part of her look. 

Glasses help me stand out from the crowd

‘I loved my glasses from the very start but wearing glasses then wasn’t just as cool as it is today. Today I’ve come full circle and rather than hiding behind my glasses I use them to stand out from the crowd!

‘I have four pairs of specs which I use all the time and have held onto all my old frames in case I want to resurrect them for a different look. I’m thrilled to be a finalist and never thought I would reach this stage of the competition – entering was just a bit of fun.

My family have regular eye tests

‘I am however a great advocate of getting your eyes tested regularly. I consider eye checks just as important as dental check-ups, in fact, they are even more important. I’ve three children and I’ve been taking them for regular eye tests since before they started school. It looks like my daughters aged 15 and 12, will need glasses in the near future which is very important as my elder daughter next academic year starts her GCSE courses.’

Store manager says Sharon is a great specs ambassador

Congratulating Sharon, Banbridge Specsavers store manager Shauna Reeves said, ‘Sharon is a super ambassador for specs wearers and looks stunning in her glasses. We’re delighted that we have a local finalist and wish Sharon all the very best for next round of judging.’

There are eight categories including a social media winner voted for by the public. All category winners who reach the grand final win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

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