Catwalk the coast

L-R Emma Ward, Kerry Capoverde and Niamh Lavelle are taking part in a charity walk from Lytham Windmill to North Pier in aid of the charity Papyrus, in memory of local girl Beth Davies who died earlier this year.
L-R Emma Ward, Kerry Capoverde and Niamh Lavelle are taking part in a charity walk from Lytham Windmill to North Pier in aid of the charity Papyrus, in memory of local girl Beth Davies who died earlier this year.
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THESE glamorous girls will be strutting their stuff in their best high heels, not down a catwalk, but instead along Blackpool Promenade.

Led by Miss Fylde Coast Kerry Capoverde, they will walk the length of the seafront, from Lytham Windmill to Gynn Square, North Shore.

They will be joined on the Catwalk the Coast fundraiser by girls from all walks of life, including some aspiring to be Miss Fylde Coast 2011.

The event will have a poignant meaning, as it will raise money and awareness in memory of a special person.

Kerry’s close friend Beth Davies, who worked with her at Holy Family Primary School in Blackpool, sadly died in January – five days after her 24th birthday.

Beth, described by her family as a “shining star”, plunged from Blackpool bus station on New Year’s Eve and spent her final weeks in hospital. She had battled anxiety for years.

The walk is in aid of the Variety Club Children’s Charity and suicide prevention charity Papyrus.

Primary school teacher Kerry, 24, said: “I wanted to do something a bit different. This hasn’t been done before – a sponsored walk with the added challenge of high heels. It stays close to the Miss England roots, but has a sporty theme.

“We’re doing it for the Variety Club as that’s the Miss England charity, but we decided to raise money for Papyrus too, after tragically losing Beth in January.

“She was a good friend. I got to know her well with us working at school and being the same age. Beth would have thought us doing the walk in high heels was funny, and she would have joined in.

“We hope to raise not only money for Papyrus, but also awareness. We hope it will help let young people know there is help out there.”

To make sure the girls’ feet don’t suffer too much, they will be supported by Fylde Rugby Club’s head physio, Greg Littler, who will attend to them if necessary.

Kerry said: “I’m a bit nervous about the heels. All my heels are high! We hope people will come and support us as we walk, and we will get the collecting buckets out to try to raise even more.”

To sponsor the girls, log onto www.justgiving.com/catwalkcoast.