Pageant raises over £12,000 for the Hospice

11 August 2014

YOUNGSTERS competing in a Wigan pageant have raised more than £12,000 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

In just five months competitors raised £12,400 for the Hospice by organising bag-packing, fun days, sponsored walks, loom band sales, ladies' nights and more.

Contestants were divided by age and entered into one of six categories: Miss Wigan Beauty; Miss Teen Wigan Beauty; Little Miss Wigan; Miss Tiny Wigan; Mr Wigan Handsome and Mr Tiny Wigan.

At the finals 58 contestants competed for titles including Charity Champion, an award given to those competitors who raised the most for the Hospice.

The pageant was launched in 2013 by Wigan model Jayde Boswell who runs the Beauty Pageant Company.

She said: "This was our second Wigan pageant for the Hospice and none of us could have imagined the response we got with so many boys and girls competing for titles. The event was so large that in the end we decided to run it over three weekends.
"Our mission at the Beauty Pageant Company is to bring young people together to make friends, have fun and make a difference through fundraising for local charities. All of our pageants are relaxed and friendly and we pride ourselves on how much our boys and girls do for charity as part of the pageant."

Over 400 spectators came to watch the contestants receive their awards at the finals where Zoe Unsworth and Owen Bolton sang and Sneeky Peeks Boutique held a fashion show.

Community Fundraiser for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Christine Edwardson, said: "The commitment and hard work that the contestants have put into raising money for the Hospice has been phenomenal. Some of the contestants are just three years old but they have dedicated themselves to supporting the Hospice and we have been overwhelmed by their efforts.
"The two pageants have raised more than £15,000 for the Hospice which will make a huge difference to local people living with a life-limiting illness and their families."


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