Christina Saccoh from Bingham has beaten off competition from thousands of other specs wearers as a regional semi-finalist in the Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Forty-two-year-old Christina, whose daughter encouraged her to enter the competition, currently runs education programmes for Nottinghamshire charity Community Recording Studios, and is currently working on the Full Effect project to provide underprivileged youngsters in the community with skills, training and life opportunities. 

Wearing specs with confidence

Christina uses her teaching position and charity work to support young glasses wearers, commenting: ‘I have been wearing specs since I was 14 and hated them, but re-discovered my love of glasses when my daughter became short-sighted to encourage her that specs are nothing to be ashamed of. As a teacher, I think it’s really important to be able to support kids in glasses-wearing and embed that confidence in them from a young age.’ 

During a visit to her local Specsavers in West Bridgford, Christina received a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 eyewear voucher and is now in with a chance of winning £10,000 along with a luxury holiday for two to New York and a glasses wardrobe from Specsavers worth £1,000.

Christina is a great example to glasses wearers

Store director Stephen Rogers comments: ‘We’re delighted that Christina has made it through to this stage of the competition – she is a great example to all glasses wearers to wear specs with confidence. We wish her luck in hopefully making it through to the final.’

The awards were launched by former Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt, earlier this year. If she triumphs in her age category, Christina could meet Kimberly and other stars at the celeb-packed awards ceremony at London’s 9 Northumberland Avenue in October.

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+. Each age category winner will win a VIP makeover and a trip to London for the awards evening, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate prize.

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