Specsavers in Cwmbran is offering its young customers a free copy of 11-year-old Lowri Moore’s debut novel, Princess Rose and the Golden Glasses.
Feeling confident in glasses
Lowri, who is a lifelong Specsavers patient, wrote the book after she received no response to a letter sent to Disney asking them to create more glasses-wearing princesses.
The book tells the story of a princess who comes to realise that wearing glasses makes no difference to how she is perceived.
The Cwmbran store is one of a number across the UK that will be handing out copies of the debut novel to its younger customers.
Lowri launched her book at the Specsavers store in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on July 13. Commenting at the launch, she said:
‘I want people to feel confident in their glasses and that’s essentially what the book is about.
‘Growing up, I’d look at princesses and they’d never be wearing glasses, it made me think I wasn’t good enough because I wore them. Eventually, I realised that this wasn’t the case at all, so I wanted to help other people, who may have been experiencing similar thoughts to me, feel better about themselves.’
Removing the stigma
Rhys Williams, Specsavers Cwmbran store director, adds: ‘Historically, there has been a stigma associated with glasses wearing – especially for children – as being ‘uncool’.
‘The efforts of people like Lowri show, yet again, that this isn’t the case, and how wearing glasses can not only be fashionable but also an important way of keeping a check on your health, too.’
The full breadth of optical and audiology services, including routine eye and hearing tests, contact lens consultations, frame repairs and the sale of glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and other products, is now available at Specsavers stores in Wales.