A trendsetting dental nurse from Wishaw has reached the regional finals of a prestigious Specsavers competition.

Molly Whyte, 19, fought off competition from across the country to become one of just 10 regional finalists in Scotland, and is now representing the 16-24 age category in the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

London bound

If Molly 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.

Molly works at a dental practice in Lanark and Specsavers Lanark store director Rubena Kerr is one of her patients.

Rubena encouraged Molly to get involved in the competition, and just weeks after submitting her entry online, the Wishaw teenager is thrilled to be in the frame for the big prize.

Molly said: ‘I’m over-the-moon to have reached this stage of the competition and can’t wait to find out if I’ve made it to the final.

Fashionable frames

‘The competition is a great opportunity for me to show people that wearing glasses can make you feel great. There are so many frames to choose from at Specsavers, so whatever your style, you’ll find something to suit you.

‘I’m very proud to be involved in the competition and hope that I inspire people to wear their glasses with confidence.’

For every eligible entry to the competition, Specsavers donates £1 to anti-bullying charity, Kidscape.

To celebrate her success in the competition, Molly was invited into the Specsavers store in Lanark – which is close to her workplace – and was presented with a bottle of champagne, a £150 Specsavers voucher and a certificate, by store director Rubena Kerr.

Rubena said: ‘Molly is my dental nurse and as an optometrist, I always notice her glasses and always think she looks really stylish.

‘We’re very proud to be supporting Molly in the competition and we wish her all the best.’

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.

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