Burnley woman up for £10,000 Specsavers award

A woman from Burnley has a look-in for a £10,000 prize after being announced as a regional finalist in Specsavers' annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.
Eletta with optical consultant, Kaz Hussain.Eletta with optical consultant, Kaz Hussain.
Eletta with optical consultant, Kaz Hussain.

The 73-year-old Eletta Clayton was presented with a bottle of champagne, a certificate, and a £150 Specsavers voucher by Kaz Hussain from Specsavers in Burnley after being chosen as a regional finalist in the over 60s age category for the North West.

Now in with a chance of progressing on to a star-studded award ceremony, where the overall winner will take home a cash prize of £10,000, Eletta received her first pair of glasses six years ago to help improve her sight while reading.

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"I really enjoy doing crossword puzzles in my spare time and I slowly began to notice that the small print was getting more and more difficult to read," Eletta said. "So I popped into the store for an eye test and that’s when I received my first pair of reading glasses.

Eletta at Specsavers in Burnley.Eletta at Specsavers in Burnley.
Eletta at Specsavers in Burnley.

"My sister actually heard about the competition so she decided to send across a photograph because people always tell me that I suit my glasses and the next thing I know, I received a phone call letting me know I’d been chosen as a finalist. It was a fantastic surprise to say to least."

Offering advice for anyone who needs glasses but does not feel confident about them, Eletta said: "Be proud of wearing them even if you’re not comfortable at first. My granddaughter wears glasses and I always tell her how lovely she looks with them on – she never wants to take them off. ’

Kaz Hussain, optical consultant at Specsavers in Burnley, said: "We’re thrilled to see one of our customers make it this far in the competition. It was a pleasure to hand Eletta her finalist prizes and we really think she could go all the way and take the grand prize as a very deserving winner."

Now in its 22nd year, the competition - which sees £1 donated to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape for each entry made - has raised £400,000 to date.