Beau­ties and the streets...

Sunday Sun - - News - LISA HUTCHIN­SON lisa.hutchin­[email protected]­plc.com

Re­porter HAUNTED by how many home­less are sleep­ing rough in New­cas­tle, big­hearted mum and daugh­ter team Gemma and Kris­ten Evans hit the streets to help those in need.

The car­ing pageant queens are prov­ing they are beau­ti­ful in­side and out as they give Greggs gift cards and cloth­ing to those who need sup­port.

And they swapped the cat­walk to pound­ing the pave­ments as they ar­rived in the city on a busy Satur­day to give their early Christ­mas presents to those who haven’t got a per­ma­nent roof over their heads.

“It’s heart­break­ing to see so many home­less on our streets,” said Gemma, 33, of Stan­ley, County Durham.

“This is our way of help­ing the peo­ple in need.”

Gemma and 11-year-old Kris­ten take pride in help­ing var­i­ous char­i­ties as the beauty pageant win­ners reg­u­larly raise money for good causes.

They are both part of the Miss Belle UK pageant net­work and Gemma is reign­ing Queen North East, while Kris­ten holds the ti­tle of Pre-teen County Durham.

And they are now pre­par­ing for their next event at com­pet­ing in the Miss Belle UK at in­ter­na­tional level at Gemma Evans and her daugh­ter Kris­ten Evans, 11, are hand­ing out pre-paid Greggs cards to the home­less in New­cas­tle. a glitzy event Spain in April.

“We do a lot for var­i­ous char­i­ties be­cause of the beauty pageants. Kris­ten is like a lit­tle Snow White, al­ways want­ing to help ev­ery­one.

“She wanted to help the home­less at Christ­mas so we put out a post on so­cial me­dia and asked peo­ple to do­nate so we could buy the home­less Greggs gift cards.

“We got £70 and put in £20 of our be­ing held in own, which means we’ve been able to buy 18 cards, each with £5 on them.

“It means each home­less per­son can get at least a meal deal from Greggs and a bit more.

“We are also hand­ing out cloth­ing, such as gloves.”

Re­cep­tion­ist Gemma and Kris­ten have also been col­lect­ing cloth­ing to take to refuges and char­i­ties as well as do­ing hos­pi­tal runs with toys.

“I just wanted to help the home- less,” said Kris­ten, a pupil at South Stan­ley Ju­nior School.

“We gave out the Greggs gift cards and the peo­ple we spoke to were re­ally nice and grate­ful.”

Gemma, who also has nine-yearold son As­ton and is mar­ried to Shaun, 48, added: “The Greggs gift cards mean they can spend it any­time they want and get some­thing to eat and drink.

“It’s our way of help­ing.”

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