Beauty smashes charity cash goal
A BEAUTY contest finalist has smashed her fundraising target for the competition’s chosen charity.
Leonie-Jade Burns, from Cheadle Hulme , raised more than £200 for Variety Children’s Charity during her journey to the final of Miss Cheshire 2015.
And the 21-year-old drama teacher says supporting the organisation - which works to improve the lives of children who are disabled or disadvantaged - was hugely important to her.
She said: “The Variety Charity fundraising was a massive part of the competition for me. I wanted to do something that would benefit children and families with difficulties.
“I am hugely grateful to the people who have donated to my online JustGiving fundraising page.”
The former Together Trust volunteer was inspired to enter the competition by ‘strong independent female role models’ from actress Angelia Jolie to her own grandmother, Lynda.
She said: “I am a feminist, which is partly why I wanted to enter the competition, to challenge the norm and offer an alternative candidate for Miss Cheshire.
“I come from a family of strong female role models and strive for equality and fair treatment of individuals regardless of physical attributes.
“Our natural physique is merely a biological starting point in life. People are so much more than what is on the outside.
“I don’t believe that the Miss Cheshire or Miss England representative should be just a girly-girl in a sparkly dress.”
But despite her intention to ‘shake up’ the competition, Leonie-Jade says she had a great time at the Miss Cheshire final, held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Chester.
She added: “I was happily surprised to see that many of the contestants were actually quite varied in their backgrounds, talents, interests and appearances.
“Personally I would like to see a more comprehensive competition for Miss Cheshire, where contestants have more opportunity to express their unique individuality, broader talents and philanthropy.”
Leonie-Jade, who went to Lady Barn House School, and has been involved with Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatic Society since her teens, is currently completing teacher training and a drama degree with Manchester Metropolitan University.
Her online fundraising page will remain active until November.
To donate visit justgiving.com/LeonieJade-Burns