A glamorous Milngavie mum-of-four has reached the regional finals of a prestigious Specsavers competition.
Claire Schipani, 38, from Mugdock, fought off competition from across the country to become one of just 10 regional finalists in Scotland, and is representing the 35 to 44 age category.
If Claire gets through to the next stage, she will be invited to a star-studded awards ceremony in London – and if she takes the top spot, she will win £10,000.
Claire saw the competition advertised on Facebook and was compelled to enter online when she saw it raised funds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.
She hopes that her success will inspire her children Callum (12), Sophie (10), Charlotte (four) and Anna (two).
She said: ‘I’m so proud to be involved in a competition that supports Kidscape. Bullying affects so many people and it’s something we really need to talk about more. We need to take steps to educate people of all ages and to stop bullying in its tracks.
Sporty your specs with pride
‘The competition is a great opportunity for me to show my kids, and anyone who is a bit reluctant to wear glasses, that wearing them can make you feel great.
‘My daughter Charlotte wears glasses and her friends are already questioning her about why she has them. She has to wear glasses all the time, as do I, so I want to show her that wearing them is a great thing and that you can look good wearing glasses.
‘I’m always telling Charlotte that she looks really pretty and suits her glasses – I can’t imagine her without them now. There are so many styles out there for all ages, so there really is something for everyone.
‘I’m completely amazed that I’ve reached this stage and I can’t wait to see if I go further in the competition. It’s great fun being involved and I’m glad that it’s all for a great cause.’
To celebrate her success in the competition, Claire was invited to her local Specsavers store in Milngavie and was presented with champagne, a £150 Specsavers voucher and a certificate, by store director
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Caroline Kinsey. Caroline said: ‘We’re very proud of Claire and delighted that she has this amazing opportunity to show how gorgeous and glamorous you can look in glasses.
‘We wish her all the best in the competition – we’re all rooting for her.’
Now in its 22nd year, the competition will give regional finalists from five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s, plus a Facebook favourite voted by the public – the chance to attend the awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on 10 October, which will be hosted by former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle. To date the competition has raised £400,000 for Kidscape.