An early years practitioner from Bedford has beaten hundreds of applicants from the East of England to be chosen as a regional finalist for the renowned Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

Wearing glasses with pride

Theresa Parsons, a 51-year-old mum of three, came top in the 45-59 age category of the annual competition hosted by Specsavers in aid of children’s charity, Kidscape.

Theresa, who works in a local school, has won Specsavers vouchers worth £150 and a bottle of champagne and was invited to Specsavers in Bedford to be presented with her prizes and meet with retail manager Lianna Lowe, who said: 'Theresa looks great in her glasses and wears them with pride.’

All the in name of charity

Theresa, who decided to enter after noticing that £1 is donated to Kidscape for every entry made, shares her views on wearing glasses: ‘I first had my eyes tested when I was in my twenties and was told that I needed glasses. At the time I didn’t feel confident enough to wear them as I was quite self-conscious. I’ve now been wearing glasses for five years and I love them. I chose my glasses because I think they really reflect my personality - it’s great that there are so many different shapes, styles and colours these days.’

She continued: ‘When I saw that Specsavers is fundraising for Kidscape through Spectacle Wearer of The Year I really wanted to find out more about the charity. I felt embarrassed about wearing glasses when I was younger and I know that other children may worry about that too, so it’s nice to hold my head high and champion specs wearers across the country.’

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