A local woman has been named a regional finalist in Specsavers’ annual search for its Spectacle Wearer of the Year and could win £10,000 in cash.

26-year-old estate agent Chana Bush from Hepworth has beaten off thousands in the East of England to become a regional finalist in the 25-34 age category. If Chana makes it through, she wins £10,000 and the chance to mingle with celebrities at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards in October. If she wins, Chana will save the money for her house fund.

‘It’s lovely to be chosen’

Chana said: ‘Entering Spectacle Wearer of the Year was a bit spontaneous really. I saw the advert come up on Instagram, whilst scrolling through and I thought “why not?” And here we are. It was overwhelming to find out I was a regional finalist, but it’s lovely to be chosen.’

Chana popped into Specsavers on Mere Street in Diss to meet store manager, Emily Smyth, who presented her with a bottle of champagne, her regional finalist certificate and a £125 eyewear voucher to spend in store.

Having worn glasses since the age of three Chana has seen a change in perception. She continued: ‘When I was at high school wearing glasses wasn’t really fashionable and I had issues during PE. Nowadays there are so many options and you can find a pair to go with your own style. I’m a huge Karen Millen fan, so it’s the first range I look at. I also pay attention to influencers like Emma Bunton. I wear them 90 per cent of the time so I have to think about what would go with everything, but now I’ve got the chance for a new pair I might go for something a bit more out there.’

To help her choose her new pair of specs, Emily invited Chana, to try out Frame Styler. This exciting new technology helps customers find the perfect pair of frames by using facial analysis to scan face shape and features. The end result is a list of the right styles and colours that have been identified to perfectly suit the individual.

Store manager of Specsavers in Diss, Emily Smyth said: ‘It was fantastic meeting Chana. She’s the perfect kind of specs wearer, who always take time to think about what kind of glasses she wants and thinks about fashion and practicality when she’s choosing her next pair. We wish her all the best of luck in the competition.’

‘Make a statement’

When asked what advice she would give to a new specs-wearer, Chana said: ‘Be confident with wearing your glasses. Make it a piece of your everyday outfit. Make it a statement. Make yourself stand out.’

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