Stockport Express

Beauty smashes charity cash goal

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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

 ??  ?? Miss Cheshire finalist Leonie-Jade Burns from Cheadle Hulme.
Miss Cheshire finalist Leonie-Jade Burns from Cheadle Hulme.

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