Fishponds resident Judy Campbell has been selected from hundreds of people across the region as a semi-finalist in the Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. 

Judy, aged 52, entered the competition after members of staff from her local Specsavers store on Fishponds Road encouraged her to show off her brand new glasses. She is now in with a chance of winning £10,000 along with a luxury holiday for two to New York and a glasses wardrobe from Specsavers worth £1,000.

Encouragement from staff

‘The staff at Specsavers in Fishponds have been so wonderful to me since my first visit; they all know me by name,’ Judy explained. ‘When the competition came about this year, they encouraged me to enter and have been really supportive – they are all delighted that I have been picked as a semi-finalist!’

During a visit to her local Specsavers, Judy received a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher. The mum-of-three, who has recently become a grandmother for the first time, works for the NHS, Bristol CCG but uses her spare time to help the homeless, organise a local young mothers support group and work as a volunteer welfare officer for a local basketball team, Bristol Storm.

Store director Neil Foster commented: ‘We were all very happy to hear the news that Judy had reached the semi-final stage of this competition. She is remembered fondly here in store and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that she can make it through to the final!’

Wearing specs loud and proud

Judy added: ‘There are so many choices when it comes to eyewear today; I love wearing my glasses and use them to accessorise every day. I would certainly encourage people to be loud and proud with their specs!’ 

The awards were launched by former Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt, earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Judy could meet Kimberly and other stars at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue in October.  

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover and a trip to London for the awards evening, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate prize. 

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