Health and safety administrator Charlotte Dockrill is in the running to win £10,000 after becoming a regional finalist in Specsavers’ search for Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

The 26-year-old from East Tilbury was rewarded with a £150 voucher for brand new glasses, a bottle of champagne as well as a place in the national finals, which could see her winning the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year title.

'I've always loved my glasses'

Having worn glasses since she was 12 years old, Charlotte has always enjoyed wearing them. She said: ‘I’ve always loved my glasses, I think they finish off my face. They’re part of my look.

'I have a few pairs and I switch them depending on which outfit I’m wearing. I wear them in the same way that I wear jewellery, as a fashion accessory.

‘The competition first popped up on my Facebook feed and I thought, "I wear glasses - why not enter and see what happens?" I can’t believe I’m a regional finalist.’

'The best type of glasses wearer'

Specsavers Thurrock's store director Jay Visrolia said: ‘Charlotte is the best type of glasses wearer. She always looks around, picking 10 or 20 pairs and asking for advice. She’s not afraid to take a risk with her look and likes to think outside the box.'

Charlotte continues: 'Don’t think of your glasses as a hindrance. Add them as an accessory to your face. If you want a bright red pair, then get a bright red pair. Don’t think you have to conform to the same style as everyone else.’

Charlotte is one of the many proud glasses wearers in the UK who have entered this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition by sending in specs selfies to their local Specsavers store.

The competition, which has been running for the last 22 years, aims to celebrate wearing glasses with pride and every entry raises £1 for UK anti-bullying children’s charity Kidscape. To date, nearly £400,000 has been raised for the charity.

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