A Newton Abbot woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the South West of England as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Best photo

Donna Bearne, aged 63 from Ashcombe could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a trip to London, complete with styling and a personal shopping trip.

Glasses wearers were encouraged by Specsavers stores across the country to submit a picture of themselves donning their best pair of specs.

Donna was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Newton Abbot to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Be proud to wear glasses

'It was such a lovely surprise to be selected as a finalist,’ she says.

‘I often experienced negativity when I was younger for wearing glasses – my mum had to put elastic on the back of mine to stop them from falling off! But you get used to it and it’s more fashionable now to wear them.

‘My son was keen for me to enter and it was something we just did without really thinking. I couldn’t believe that I had been selected out of all of those other entries. My advice to other glasses wearers is to be proud to wear them. You can always make them look nice and be confident with them on.’

Exciting opportunity

Donna Bearne, South West England regional finalist for Spectacle Wearer of the Year

Specsavers Newton Abbot store director Ian Willis says: ‘It’s brilliant that one of Newton Abbot’s own has been selected for such an exciting opportunity.

‘It just goes to show that anything can happen, even in a small town such as ours! We just want to congratulate Donna and wish her good luck in getting through to the final.’

Trip to London

The awards were launched by Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh earlier this year, who Donna could meet at the awards ceremony if she triumphs in her age category.

There are four age categories – 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. The awards will be held at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October.

All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing. The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.

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