Wednesday 21 March 2018

Caroline is a spectacular specs-wearer

Specsavers SWOTY competition runner up Caroline Giles in the 35-44 age group
Specsavers SWOTY competition runner up Caroline Giles in the 35-44 age group

John Manning

Caroline Giles from Swords is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as a semi-finalist in the 35-44 age category.

Following a nationwide search, Caroline beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and is one of eight semi-finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on Tuesday, 10 October at 8 Northumberland Avenue.

Store Director at Specsavers Swords, Sean Douglas, alongside team members Lila Buckley and Natasa Ribic presented Caroline with her prize, which consisted of a Specsavers eyewear voucher to the value of €215, a framed certificate and a bottle of champagne.

Speaking at the prize-giving, Caroline said: 'Having been bullied throughout my early childhood for wearing glasses, I had for many years, seen my glasses as a negative rather than a positive. Thankfully, I have learned to wear my glasses with pride, have grown to love them and they are my now one of my ultimate accessories. I've many styles of glasses and I love to style them with different looks. They are a part of me, my character, my style and my personality.'

Store director at Specsavers Swords Sean added, 'We are delighted that a customer from our store has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 35-44 category and we would like to congratulate Caroline on this achievement. She wears her glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.'

The Irish semi-finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+ - and one lucky winner will receive a makeover before mingling with celebrities at the star-studded Grand Final in London, which celebrates specs wearers from the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Competition ambassador and former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare in Specsavers.

Now in its 22nd year, the competition raises valuable funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin with €1 donated to the charity for each eligible entry received.

Fingal Independent