Beauty queen’s 15,000ft leap for good cause

Joanna Johnson, Blackpool beauty. Pic: Paul Carroll, of Monsignor Photographic
Joanna Johnson, Blackpool beauty. Pic: Paul Carroll, of Monsignor Photographic

A Blackpool beauty queen is taking to new heights in her bid to help people suffering from cancer.

Miss Blackpool Galaxy Joanna Johnson, 23, is taking on extreme sports - including a 15,000 ft skydive - to raise cash for the Christie charity, which support pioneering research into life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

She said: “The Christie charity is the chosen charity for the competition, and you can do whatever you like to raise money.

“I’m also raising money for the Cancer Laryectomee Trust which is a charity for people who have had throat cancerand have had their voicebox removed.

“My dad lived with that for 10 years before he died last year, so it’s quite close to my heart.”

Joanna, who works as a hairdresser, will take the plunge at Cockerham Sands in Lancaster in April.

But before that she will be speeding across Snowdonia on a zip-wire.

She said: “I love the adrenaline you get from extreme sports. I’ve done a charity skydive before two years ago.

“I’m nervous about the zip wire because I’ve never done anything like that before.

“My friends think I’m crazy but a lot of them are really supportive.”

Joanna, who lives on Wilvere Drive in Norbreck, was crowned Miss Blackpool in August.

She will compete against 50 other women in the final of Miss Galaxy England in Chorley next month.

She said: “People tell me I’ve got a fair chance so I’ve just got to hope.

“But if I don’t win I’ll just have to go back next year.”