Kayleigh Corrigan, an associate at PwC in Belfast, is a regional finalist in this year’s Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year in the 25-34 age category.

Kayleigh, who is originally from rural New Hampshire and lives in Belfast City Centre, now goes forward to the next stage of the competition and could win the chance to be part of the glitzy Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards night in London during October and the top prize of £10,000.

As a regional finalist, Kayleigh was presented with a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher at her local Specsavers store in Victoria Square.

The campaign which was launched earlier this year by Strictly Come Dancing and the Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse, also raises cash for children’s anti-bullying charity Kidscape. For every entry accepted Specsavers have donated £1 and over half a million pounds has been generated for the charity in the past 10 years.

Kayleigh is a newly appointed glasses wearer and says they are now a life-changer, as well as being very much a part of her look:

‘When I was younger I always wanted glasses because I always loved the look, but my vision only recently took a dip and led to me having my eyes tested. I first noticed I was struggling to read the departures board in the airport! I’m a frequent traveller, and travelled the world before settling down in Belfast to initially study a Master’s degree – it definitely feels like I’ve been here forever.

‘I choose glasses that are strong but delicate, just like me. I have a signature frame already that I own three pairs of just to be safe! My glasses have quickly become a tool not just to enhance my eyesight, but are a part of my persona.’

‘When I saw that Spectacle Wearer of the Year was seeking entries I thought ‘Why not!’. I’m so pleased to be a regional finalist and I’m delighted with my prizes. I can’t praise the Victoria Square store enough, they have served me so well since I embarked upon my journey to being a glasses wearer.’

Congratulating Michelle, Victoria Square Specsavers store director David Maguire said, ‘Kayleigh is a wonderful ambassador for specs wearers as she has taken to this new change like a duck to water. We’re delighted she sees her frames as an extension of herself and are pleased she has reached this stage of the competition. We wish Kayleigh all the best of luck for the next round of judging.’

There are eight categories including a social media winner voted for by the public. All category winners who reach the grand final will win a VIP make-over, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

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