Since leaving the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton as Miss Black Country I have done nothing but pinch myself to see if this is some sort of dream I will wake up from, my family too.
Opportunities like these don’t happen to us. The past few years have been very difficult for my family and this has given us that little bit of hope and happiness. Just to see the pride pouring out of my Mom, Dad and family is worth everything in the world.
Since being crowned the new Miss Black Country I have been looking into ways in which I can help make a difference. Starting with helping children and young adults like myself who are suffering with the skin condition that I have suffered with ever since I was born, eczema.
Not being able to wear certain clothes, having to have your nails cut short to prevent scratching, having your hair constantly tied up out of the way, sleeping in bandages and being plastered in various creams day in day out to try fight the itchiness and soreness of the condition hasn’t been easy.
During the bad days, having people stare at you as if you are from a different planet just because your skin is red, blotchy, dry and irritated hasn’t been easy either.
There isn’t a cure for the skin condition but to have someone to talk to who has been through the same experiences as yourself, giving tips on ways to help control the condition and just a friendly supportive face can make a difference.
So that’s what I have been doing, trying to contact the National Eczema Society or a similar charity to get involved and help make a difference to sufferers that need it most.
Since winning the title on Saturday 22nd February I have been soaking up the congratulations and support from family, friends and the local public. I have worn my crown and sash at my first appearance at my local Aqua Zumba class to help promote Scott James Fitness! http://www.scottjamesfitness.co.uk/
I dedicate my title “Miss Black Country 2014/15” to my Step Nan Anne Alice Horton (Dad’s Fiancée’s Mother) who sadly passed away on Sunday 16thFebruary 2014, who would have been extremely proud to have been there that evening.