Former Girls Aloud bandmember launches the 2017 search for Ireland’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Nadine Coyle is asking glasses wearers in Ireland to prove their specs appeal by entering Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017, with the chance of winning €12,000 cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare.

Annual search

Nadine, of the multi-platinum, multi-award winning girl group Girls Aloud, took part in a special photo shoot to launch Specsavers’ annual search for everyday people that wear their specs with pride.

Star-studded awards

Specs wearers aged 16 years and over from across Ireland can enter the competition, to be in with a chance of attending a star-studded awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner claiming the coveted title and the five-figure cash prize.

2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year

Nadine, who was crowned Best Specs Newcomer at the 2016 Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, says: ‘I realised I needed glasses to drive and read last year and I’ve been building up my specs wardrobe ever since. I’ve been experimenting with some fab new optical styles, such as cat’s eyes and transparent frames. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing for all these years!

‘I was thrilled to win the newcomer award last year, so it’s a real honour to help with the search to find the 2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year.’

Raise funds

Sinead Clohessy, Specsavers Ireland chairperson, says: ‘We’re asking all glasses wearers in Ireland to pucker up and share their best selfie.

'Not only is it perfect opportunity to showcase their personal specs style to the country, each entry helps raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

For each entry made €1 will be donated to the charity for the development of The Department of Ophthalmology, adding to the €170,000 that Specsavers has already raised for the charity since 2014. The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s.

A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and the opportunity to mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online here.

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