Teen queen’s charity dream

Blackpool Sixth Form student Olivia Seed is organising a Big Night Out to raise money for the Variety Children's Charity
Blackpool Sixth Form student Olivia Seed is organising a Big Night Out to raise money for the Variety Children's Charity
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Student and beauty queen Olivia Seed is not just a pretty face!

The 17-year-old, from North Shore, is on a mission to raise as much money as possible for the Variety Club Children’s charity.

Olivia – winner of last year’s Miss Junior Fylde Coast competition – has organised a special fund-raising evening, to take place at Viva Showbar, on Church Street, Blackpool, on Sunday, May 24.

The night will include live entertainment, a DJ and a balloon pop – which involves a prize-winning ticket being put into a balloon and the balloons being popped to reveal the winner of the prize.

Olivia, who is a finalist in this year’s Miss Fylde Coast competition, has been raising money for the charity through various events over the past 12 months.

She said: “I am hoping to raise awareness, as well as money. It really is such a great cause.

“The work The Variety Club does is so important – children are the future generations.

“There will be different things going on during the night.

“It’s aimed mostly at students, but anyone is welcome.

“It’ll be a fun night, with plenty of entertainment.

“I’ve done several smaller events over the past year, sponsored dog walks and so on, and I also held a fund-raising night at Blackpool Golf Club.

“I really enjoy doing the fund-raising and one of the great things about Variety is the fact I know the money raised will go back into the community and be used to help in the local area.”

And Olivia, who goes to Blackpool Sixth Form College and works part-time at the YMCA, in Thornton, is looking forward to the Miss Fylde Coast competition, later this month at The Sands Venue, Blackpool.

She said: “I really enjoyed doing the Miss Junior Fylde Coast contest – I met some lovely people and made friends for life.

“I enjoy making new friends and there’s a lovely atmosphere at the pageants, everyone supports each other.

“Doing the competitions and fund-raising has really boosted my confidence.

“I was the sort of person before who’d be too shy to ask for tomato ketchup when out for lunch, but it’s really boosted my self-esteem.”

Tickets for the fund-raiser, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £10 and are available by emailing livseed@hotmail.co.uk.