A teacher from Aberdare has reached the final of Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

Eyes on the prize

Jessica Collins, 24, is in with a chance of claiming the coveted title, plus £10,000 cash and a £1,000 Specsavers voucher at the star-studded awards ceremony in central London on 10 October.

Having entered the competition online earlier this year, she has now been chosen as the finalist for her age category - 16 to 24 years old - seeing off competition from across the country, including another semi-finalist from Aberdare.

‘I was in utter shock when I received the call to say I had reached the final,’ she said. ‘I’m really excited to have the opportunity to mingle with other specs wearers on the night and be part of such a fantastic competition for a worthwhile cause. It’s a real confidence boost and the children that I teach will be thrilled.’

Neil Robinson, Aberdare store director, adds: ‘We’re so proud that Jessica has got this far and is flying the flag for Aberdare and Wales. We wish Jessica the best of luck and believe that she really is a role model to all glasses wearers. You should be confident and proud in your frames, whatever your age.’

Supporting anti-bullying charity

The competition aims to raise money for anti-bullying charity Kidscape. Specsavers has donated £1 for every entry made to this year’s competition, adding to the £400,000 the competition has raised during the last six years.

The money will help the charity provide training, support and advice to children, parents, schools, and anyone else who may be affected by cases of bullying and abuse in the UK.

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