Specsavers in Billericay has kicked of the search for the UK’s proudest glasses wearer, with the chance to win £10,000.

Steps star Claire Richards launched the competition, after winning the Specs Appeal trophy at last year’s awards ceremony.

Claire said: ‘Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers.  I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

Anyone over 16 can enter

‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.’

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

Store director David Farman said: ‘Spectacle Wearer of the Year is a really fun way to celebrate wearing glasses, while raising money for a fantastic cause. I’m looking forward to seeing the entrants and hopefully Billericay will have a winner this year.’

Raising money for a great cause

One pound will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made. The money raised will help to support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying, including advice resources, phone support and workshops. The competition has raised more than half a million pounds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape over the past nine years.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition here.

Deadline for entries is 1 July 2018.

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