Meet the Miss Lancashire finalists

Young women across the county are getting ready to compete in this year's Miss Lancashire.

Friday, 6th October 2017, 10:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:15 am
Katie Littlewood

As part of their role, each competitor is asked to organise fund-raising events for the chosen charity - Variety, which supports children who are disabled, sick or disadvantaged.Jasmine Schofield, 17, of Euxton, who is a Lancashire police cadet, has taken part in a demonstration with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a safe drive campaign.She said: “I took part in this to warn young drivers about the risks of driving dangerously.“This really hit home for me as I am a young driver. It showed how easy it is to just go a bit over the speed limit.” She is also hosting a coffee afternoon at Euxton Parish Community Centre, School Lane, on Saturday October 14 from 2pm until 4pm. There will be cakes, coffee, a bouncy castle and face painting.Entry is £1.50 and under sevens are free.Jasmine is also holding a charity golf tournament with her dad, Lee Schofield.UCLan student Katie Littlewood is hosting a charity night at the Excelsior in Blackpool on October 25 from 7pm until 11pm.She has also organised make-up sessions an a sponsored walk.The 19-year-old, who attended St George’s Church of England High School said: “Throughout high school I was quite badly bullied and put down for my appearance, as I was a larger girl.“This hugely knocked my confidence, meaning I was quite lonely in my teenage years and didn’t really begin to come out of my shell until I started sixth form. “Although the majority of the bullying was verbal, as I was called names such as ‘fat’, ‘pregnant’ and ‘ugly’ sometimes this would lead to violence.“I do not blame the school or anyone else for this as I decided to never really speak about it until now. “As a result of this I instead turned to education and luckily passed both high school and college with amazing grades.“I am delighted to say I am now in my second year at university studying English literature and creative writing, chasing my dream to become a primary school teacher.“I also work part time as a support worker and often volunteer at my local youth club.“I can’t believe that despite being called words such as ‘ugly’ I have proven everyone now by going from bully victim to beauty queen as I am in the finals of Miss Lancashire.“My main aims are to show that if you have inner beauty and a good heart, this will also shine through on the outside.“I am a strong anti-bullying ambassador and want to be a role model to anyone out there who doesn’t feel as though they’re good enough because if I can come this far so can anyone.”Shanade Charles, 18, of Preston, is asking people to wear red from October 23 to 27 and donate to http://www.gofundme.com/shanade-red-day2017.Miss Lancashire final is at Preston Guild Hall on November 3.The winner of Miss Lancashire will, amongst other prizes, win a place in Miss England where she will have a chance to go onto Miss World.

Jasmine Schofield taking part in the safe drive campaign
Shanade Charles
Jasmine Schofield taking part in the safe drive campaign
Shanade Charles