A Cheltenham woman has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Joccoaa Harrison, aged 22 from Bishops Cleeve, could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. 

Presentation in store

Glasses wearers across the UK and Republic of Ireland have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online throughout the spring and summer.

Joccoaa, whose name is Latin and means ‘woman of humour’, was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Cheltenham to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher plus a free sight test. 

She took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Framestyler technology to help choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.

Individual style

‘I’ve worn glasses since I was 11 and because I also liked to wear more colourful frames, people used to take the mickey,’ said Joccoaa. ‘That meant I wasn’t a huge fan of wearing them but that couldn’t be further from the truth now as I love my specs. I’ve found a round shape suit me best and I think of them as an extra accessory!

‘To have been chosen as a regional finalist is just fantastic and I was thrilled when I found out. I was diagnosed with autism two years ago but have always known I was a little bit different. I’ve had lots of support from my family and boyfriend who have helped me to learn to accept myself. I’m working in mobile phone sales at the moment but will be off to university in September to study creative writing which I’m really excited about. I believe you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and even though there might be challenges, it’s important to keep going.’   

‘It was fantastic to meet Joccoaa,’ said Emily Ashman from Specsavers Cheltenham. ‘She looked fabulous in her specs and had such a lovely smile – the pictures looked great! We are all crossing our fingers that she can go one step further and make the final.’

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