A director at Huddersfield Town Football Club has been announced as a regional finalist for the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Award 2016.

Beating hundreds
Sean Jarvis, who lives in Halifax and needs glasses to keep up with the action on the pitch, has beaten hundreds of entries in the region’s 45-59 age category after his 11 year old son encouraged him to enter the competition.

To celebrate his success, Sean was invited in to the Halifax Specsavers store for a photoshoot and to collect a bottle of champagne and a £150 Specsavers voucher.

All thanks to Josh

Originally from Leicester, Sean has lived in Halifax for 22 years with his wife and recently celebrated his 50th birthday. He entered the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Award after his son saw the competition advertised on Facebook.

Sean says: “Josh saw the competition online and he was the one who persuaded me to enter. We had a look at it and together we uploaded a couple of work pictures that I had on my phone. I didn’t really think any more of it after that so I was incredibly surprised and very pleased when I got the call saying I was a regional finalist.

“I’ve never felt ashamed of my glasses or reluctant to wear them; when I got my first pair I was just grateful to be able to see properly again. Now I can see that there’s a fashion element to the frames as well and I love wearing them.

“If I was lucky enough to win I would definitely spend the prize money on the family, especially since it’s all down to my little lad that I entered in the first place. I’d really like to treat him to something special.”

Halifax pride 
Specsavers assistant manager Sharron Manning was pleased to present Sean with his champagne and voucher.

Sharron says: “We’re really proud to have a finalist in the area and Sean is definitely deserving of the title – he looks fantastic in his glasses. We’re all rooting for him in store and really hope he is successful.”

If Sean succeeds in winning his age category, he’ll be heading down to London to the star-studded award ceremony on 11 October, where he’ll meet former pussycat doll Kimberley Wyatt and enjoy two nights in a luxury hotel.

Supporting Kidscape
The overall winner will be announced at the ceremony and will bag a grand prize of £10,000 cash, a holiday for two to New York and £1,000 to spend on new glasses. The awards aim to celebrate wearing glasses with pride and every entry raises £1 for UK anti-bullying children’s charity Kidscape.

Now in its 21st year, the competition celebrates those who wear glasses across a broad age range: it features five age categories of 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and 60+. Social media fans also get the opportunity to vote for a Facebook favourite.

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