This time last year I came down with shingles and was admitted to hospital resulting in me preparing for the finals from a hospital bed… But did that stop me? All together during my year as Miss Black Country 2014/15 I have raised over £2,000 for Variety the Children’s Charity, Beauty with a Purpose, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation by putting on a various events.
Despite being discharged from hospital 1 week before the Miss England 2014 Finals in Torquay I still took part in the Sports round and the Talent round in a bid to become Miss England during June 2014.
Myself and the Miss England finalists even got the opportunity to ‘walk out’ the Mr World 2014 contestants which were held alongside the Miss England finals and aired/streamed online. Although I didn’t make it to the Top 15 to become Miss England 2014 which was my aim; I am extremely proud of myself, especially as I was placed 21st out of the 60 finalists and for what I have achieved during that journey. I would personally like to thank everyone that has helped me through it.
During my year as the reigning Miss Black Country I have made appearances at many events such as presenting an award at Miss Birmingham 2014, playing a big part in Black Country Day around Dudley which was aired on BBC WM and ITV News, cycling the distance from Birmingham to Bastion to raise money for Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, attending Compton Hospice charity event, attending Miss Worcestershire 2015, modelling for Stourbridge Wedding Fayre, and having numerous articles in many local papers and magazines such as the Express & Star and Real People Magazine.
I hate achieved so much during my year reigning and have done so much I honestly don’t know what more I can say than I have had the best year of my life so far. I entered Miss Black Country for the confidence boost, to meet new people and in the hope of opening some doors.
Just like the previous Miss Black Country Nikki Sahota who helped me through my journey and became a very special friend, I too hope to help the next Miss Black Country through her journey and give my support.
Forever your Miss Black Country 2014 – Shelley-Marie Sumner xxx