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Shane Haron is the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Mind coach and personal trainer Shane Haron has been crowned this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year at the UK and Ireland’s premier glasses gala, in aid of anti-bullying charity Kidscape.

The 30-year-old from Romford was presented the award by pop star Claire Richards and show host Rylan Clark-Neal, in front of a star-studded audience in London last night (Wednesday 24 October).

He also won a £10,000 cash prize and £1,000 glasses wardrobe from Specsavers.

Shane said: "I’m absolutely over the moon! It’s funny, because when I first saw the advert to enter you get the negative voices in your head saying ‘oh, what’s the point, I’ll never win’, but this year has been a bit of a journey for me where I’ve purposely challenged those negative beliefs and pushed myself out of my comfort zone."

"We often look to reinforce our beliefs and prove ourselves right, but if it’s a belief that isn’t helpful we should challenge it. You don’t need 100% faith that something will happen, but just opening yourself to the idea and accepting that it could happen can start the process of actually making it a reality."

"My immediate plan now is to expand my business so I can help more people dealing with trauma and anxiety to live happier lives. I was bullied as a child, so know the impact that can have on you as an adult, and having the chance to support others makes me feel very lucky."

X Factor legend Louis Walsh was reunited with his former X Factor pal Tulisa as they guest judged the awards alongside Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas and last year’s winner – and Love Island 2018 contestant – Alex Miller.

Celebrities were also rewarded on the night with Love Island star Dani Dyer winning Best Newcomer, The Great British Bake Off’s Sandi Toksvig awarded for her Services To Specs; and Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh, who took away the Specs Style Couple award.

The red carpet was packed with specs-wearing stars, including awards ambassador Claire Richards; Twiggy; Eamonn Holmes; Stephen Mulhern; Love Island stars Gabby Allen, Laura Anderson and Olivia Attwood; Capital FM’s Roman Kemp and Vick Hope; Ferne McCann, Sam Thompson; and Oliver Proudlock.

Monies from awards entries, sponsorship, ticket sales and a luxury raffle were wholly donated to Kidscape, raising £105,000, bringing the total raised by Specsavers for the charity in the last 10 years to more than £600,000.