Meet Eletta, Burnley's SWOTY finalist

26 October, 2017
Eletta in Specsavers Burnley with optometrist Kaz Hussain
Eletta, 73, beat thousands of entries in the competition to become regional finalist

Eletta Clayton, aged 73, from Todmorden was chosen as a finalist in the over 60s category in Specsavers annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Kaz Hussain from the team at Burnley proudly presented her with a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 Specsavers voucher in store

Puzzling problem

Eletta, who lives in Todmorden, got her first pair of glasses six years ago to help improve her sight while reading.

She said: ‘I really enjoy doing crossword puzzles in my spare time and I slowly began to notice that the small print was getting more and more difficult to read. So I popped into the store for an eye test and that’s when I received my first pair of reading glasses.

‘My sister actually first heard about the competition so she decided to send across a photograph because people always tell me that I suit my glasses and the next thing I know, I received a phone call letting me know I’d been chosen as a finalist. It was a fantastic surprise to say to least.’

Confidence is key

Eletta has some advice for anyone who needs to start wearing glasses but doesn’t feel confident about it: ‘I would say just be proud of wearing them even if you’re not comfortable at first. My granddaughter wears glasses as well and I always tell her how lovely she looks with them on – she never wants to take them off. ’

Kaz Hussain, optical consultant at Specsavers in Burnley, said: ‘We’re thrilled to see one of our customers make it this far in the competition. It was a pleasure to hand Eletta her finalist prizes and it was lovely to meet her in person.’

£1 was donated to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape for each entry made, with £400,000 raised to date.

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