Youngsters step up to the mark

Charley Richmond, Miss Junior Bispham contestant
Charley Richmond, Miss Junior Bispham contestant
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Contestants in the Miss Junior Bispham pageant have been getting busy raising funds for charity.

The final of the competition – which is in its first year – will take place on June 1, at Bispham Conservative Club.

The girls, aged from nine upwards, will take to the catwalk to show off their glamorous outfits and try to impress the judges.

As well as the main title, there are also other prestigious awards to be won – such as Miss Charity, Miss Personality and Miss Social Media.

The contest is being run by Flawless Beauty Lounge, on Red Bank Road, Bispham, which specialises in beauty for pageants.

And the girls have been rallying around to organise fund-raising for the competition’s charity, Cancer Research UK.

Finalist Tara King has organised a fun run, and a sponsored camp-out. The fun run will see people run 5k along Blackpool Promenade, from the Savoy Hotel, to the Pleasure Beach, and she is asking those taking part to dress in pink or to wear fancy dress.

Her sponsored camp event will be held at Mardi Gras, on Division Lane, St Annes, on May 21. It will raise money for Cancer Research by those taking part being asked to donate a £5 entry fee to camp. Tents will not provided and those taking part are advised to bring warm sleeping bags and blankets, as well as food and drinks. To get more information, search on Facebook for Tara King.

From 2pm on the day, there will be stalls, face-painting, glitter tattoos, balloon-modelling and a sweet stand. Entry costs £3 for adults and £2 per child.

Charley Richmond is doing a sponsored walk, from North Pier to South Pier, and is hoping local people might sponsor her, as it would help her to make a difference to Cancer Research UK. She can be supported by searching Facebook for “Charley’s fund-raising page (Miss Bispham 2016)”.

Angel Barton will also be taking part in a sponsored walk, this time in Fleetwood – see more details at www.facebook.com/Angel09pagaent

Finalist Caty Hull recently made an appearance at the quiz night in aid of Samaritans, and she is doing a sponsored swim at the end of May, to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Search for Caty Hull for Miss junior Bispham 2016 Facebook or Caty Hull on justgiving.com

And contestant Sinead Leather is organising a sponsored silence, for four hours. She can be supported on justgiving.com by searching for Maxine Logan.

Pageant director and organiser Anthony Turner said he was proud of all of the girls and their fund-raising.

He said: “Miss Junior Bispham strives to promote values, self-esteem and self-confidence in girls of all ages.

“The pageant hopes to transform lives and help others, by raising money for Cancer Research UK.

“We encourage all our contestants to lead and inspire. We encourage dreams and give our young ladies the tools and opportunities needed to achieve them.

“I feel so proud of them all and am looking forward to the final in June.

“I’m so excited for the moment when we crown our first ever Miss Junior Bispham 2016 beauty queen.

“The message we want to get across to all our finalists is: ‘Be yourself and be confident and always follow your dreams and goals – and you will succeed’.”

For details, search Facebook for Miss Junior Bispham or visit missjuniorbispham.wix.com/beauty-pageant