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Eve cover of 13 year-old Wanwisa Sae Lee, of Sharow Grove in Blackpool, who is through to the finals of the UK Teen Dreams beauty competition. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-5-2011
Eve cover of 13 year-old Wanwisa Sae Lee, of Sharow Grove in Blackpool, who is through to the finals of the UK Teen Dreams beauty competition. PIC BY ROB LOCK'26-5-2011
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A BLACKPOOL teenager is hoping to use her good looks to help people in developing countries.

Wanwisa Sae Lee is hoping to make it through to the final of UK Teen Dreams, billed as the UK’s first teen charity awareness competition.

She is competing to become an ambassador for the Mad Foundation, enabling her to work with the charity and help improve the lives of people in developing countries.

UK Teen Dreams hopes to help teens who take part to grow into well-rounded, caring, kind individuals, with a real understanding of the importance of charity.

Wanwisa, 13, who lives with her grandmother Dorothy Rigby, is in third place in the public vote, but is hoping local people will get behind her, and help her get through to the final.

She said: “I like helping people, and want to contribute to help people in the developing world. I want to be able to help make other people feel happy and good.

“I’m also interested in modelling, and am signing up to an agency. I take part in fashion shows at school and really enjoy it.”

Wanwisa, a pupil at St Bedes High School, Lytham, says her favourite subjects are art and technology.

She lived in Thailand until she was 10, when she moved to Blackpool with her little sister Nutchara, now 10

She enjoys reading fashion magazines in her spare time, and watching fashion shows on TV, as well as socialising with friends.

Proud grandma Mrs Rigby said: “It was Wanwisa’s idea to enter the competition, as she is really interested in modelling and fashion. The next thing, we were whisked off to London for a photo shoot.

“It would mean so much to her to get into the final.”

The final will take place next year, when four girls will be vying for the title UK Teen Dream 2011, and to be named as patron of the Mad Foundation. The winner will get to see first-hand where money raised by the competition is spent. They will be flown out to various projects in one of the developing countries where the Mad Foundation carries out its life-changing work.

To vote for Wanwisa, visit www.ukteendreams.com, call 0900 596 1000 and dial 33 or text TD33 to 81319.

All proceeds will go to the Mad Foundation.