STEPS superstar Claire Richards is encouraging spec wearers across Runcorn and Widnes to have a go in a competition offering a £10,000 cash prize.

To mark the launch of Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018, Claire took part in a new photoshoot, showcasing her own fabulous specs style.

Anyone who wears glasses in Halton, aged 16 and over, can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade.

Finalists will attend an awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize.

Pop star Claire said: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

"Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers."

Chris Graham, director at Specsavers Runcorn, said: "We hope all our customers get involved, it’s a great competition, supporting an important and worthy cause."

Mark Levi, director at Specsavers Widnes, added: "The competition represents everything that Specsavers stands for and the team at Widnes are so excited to be a part of it."

The competition has raised more than half a million pounds for anti-bullying charity Kidscape over the past nine years.

Claire added: "Bullying is an issue that has always been close to my heart so I’m proud to be representing a competition that supports a charity like Kidscape. The work they do to support individuals and families affected by bullying is invaluable."

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public.

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

One pound will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made. The money raised will help to support the charity in providing practical support to children and families affected by bullying, including advice resources, phone support and workshops.

To enter visit before July 1, 2018.