Pageant finalists raising funds for disabled children

Pageant finalists raising funds for disabled children
Pageant finalists raising funds for disabled children

Pageant finalists raising funds for disabled children

The finalists of a pageant designed to empower girls and young women and build confidence in its contestants, are looking to raise £10,000 for a disabled children’s charity.

The Sovereign Pageant, founded in 2016 by Debbie Hughes and Stephanie Wood, who have over 30 years experience in the pageant industry, has seen its contestants raise over £20,000 for good causes since its inception.

And ahead of this year’s final, being held at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre, at 7.00pm on Saturday 17th August, 2019, the 50 finalists have named Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, as their charity partner.

The organisers say that the pageant is not a beauty competition and its aim is to find representatives who possess personality, kindness, confidence and who will enthusiastically support good causes and charities.

The pageant is open to girls from 10 upwards and is split into Little Miss, Junior, Teen, Miss and Ms/Mrs categories.

“It sounds like a fantastic event,” said Megan Hayman Tansley, from Caudwell Children. “Taking part is designed to mix fun with fundraising whilst giving contestants the opportunity to dress like a princess.

“The 50 finalists will be gliding along the catwalk in a spectacular finale and whoever wins the tile will be expected to demonstrate good will, fair play and be able to put others first.”

Contestants who have never set foot on a catwalk will be taught to develop their walking technique, in heels, to ensure they display the posture and poise needed to strut across the stage.

Each finalist will be coached on interview techniques and organisers stress that there will be no swimwear round, and that the contestant who raises the most money for Caudwell Children will receive a separate title.

“Contestants have been raising money through cake sales, fashion shows and tea parties,” continued Megan. “They’ve undertaken sponsored walks and all manner of things to boost our charity coffers and we can’t thank them enough for thinking of Caudwell Children when they were choosing who to support.”

Originally created for contestants from Staffordshire this is the first year that the pageant has been opened up to participants from across the UK.

Some of those who have taken part in previous pageants have gone on to participate in international events around the UK, often changing their outlook on life and developing a commitment to make even more of a difference to their communities.

Tickets, priced £24 can be purchased online here.

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