Spice up your specs in
EMMA Bunton launches the annual search
for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2015. Former Spice Girl and Heart
Radio DJ Emma Bunton has teamed up with Specsavers in Southport and
anti bullying charity Kidscape to launch this year's search for the Wannabe
Spectacle Wearers of the Year.
The overall winner of competition will be presented with £10,000 in cash and a
dream stay at the Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas. The prize will be presented
later this year at a star studded event in Central London.
Emma is the face of this year's Specsavers' Love Glasses campaign and the
associated Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition, now in its 20th year.
Emma says:- "I've been wearing glasses for years, even
before I needed a prescription. I wore them without lenses because I think
they're a great way to accessorise!
Glasses should be fun. I love the variety, from dark frames to tortoiseshell and
2- one. I also like being a bit out there and wearing white or vintage glasses.
I think the good thing about the range available now is that you can have so
much fun with them."
Stuart Roberts, store director at Specsavers
in Southport, says:- "We want to celebrate the specs-wearing superstars in
Southport. The Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards offer the perfect opportunity
for men and women of any age to show how fabulous they look in glasses and to
wear their specs with pride."
For every eligible entry Specsavers will donate £1 to Kidscape, which is
celebrating 30 years of helping vulnerable children in 2015. The money raised
will help to support them in providing training, support and advice for
children, parents, schools and those who may be affected by cases of bullying
and abuse in the UK.
Emma continues:- "It's so important to make sure there's lots of support
for children who get bullied. It's an awful thing to go through and
heart breaking for kids and parents. As a mother I'm proud to be part of this
campaign and help spread the word."
There are 5 age categories:- 16 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 59 and over 60s plus a
Facebook favourite voted for by the public.
A winner from each category will win
a VIP makeover and will mingle with celebrities at an awards ceremony in London
on 6 October 2015.
To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs wearing
world, glasses wearers can enter the competition
Facebook or alternatively at your nearest
Schools book in for reading prize
MORE than 20 schools across Liverpool have received an
award for their work in getting young people to read for pleasure.
The Liverpool Reading Quality Mark (LRQM) was launched in 2014, in partnership
with the National Literacy Trust and encourages schools to adopt innovative and
creative practices to promote reading for pleasure. It also forms part of the
City of Readers campaign which aims to make sure every child leaves primary
school able to read.
A total of 23 primary and secondary schools have now receive the LRQM as they
have fulfilled the following accreditation criteria:-
Leadership and management
Reading events and groups
School-wide opportunities for reading pleasure
Involving family, communities and the library service
Pupils and staff from the schools have taken part in a special
celebration event that was held on Friday, 27 March 2015, at Liverpool's Central Library where
Councillor Lana Orr, Mayoral Lead for Reading, present their plaques.
Councillor Orr said:- "I'm delighted that we are in the position to
present a large number of schools with this prestigious award.
Research by the Institute of Education found that children who read for pleasure
are likely to do significantly better in school than their peers by developing
stronger literacy skills and generally improving their life opportunities.
These schools have grasped this concept with both hands, exhibiting excellent
practice when it comes to encouraging youngsters to get in to the reading habit.
It's encouraging to see our schools continuing to embrace this initiative, and
as a result, we're sure to see improving standards of literacy across the City."
The schools receiving the award are:-
Rice Lane Infants, Blackmoor Park Juniors, Dovedale Junior, Rice Lane Junior, St
Cecilia's Catholic Junior School, St Oswald's Catholic Juniors, Barlows Primary,
Belle Vale Primary, Blessed Sacrament Primary, Emmaus Primary, Holy Cross
Primary, Kirkdale St Lawrence CE Primary, Mosspits Lane Primary, Northway
Primary, Our Lady Immaculate Primary, Rudston Primary, St Anthony of Padua
Primary, St Finbar's Primary, St Gregory's Primary, Our Lady of the Assumption,
Archbishop Blanch CE High School, Broughton Hall High School and West Derby
Did you know that this is the 2nd successful cohort of schools to have achieved the Reading
Quality Mark? Last year 20 schools achieved the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark,
the 1st award of this type in the North West.