BUDDING beauty queens are hoping they’ll have the golden touch when it comes to fund-raising.
Participants from the Miss 24Carat pageant, which is taking place at the Stadium of Light, are lending a hand at a charity effort for Sunningdale School.
The school in Springwell, Sunderland, is hoping to raise £150,000 to pay for a new hydrotherapy pool for students.
Touched by the school’s efforts, the wannabe pageant princesses jumped at the chance to help out.
They’ll be helping children to ice skate at a winter fun evening and day which takes place on January 27 and 28.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature a specially constructed ice rink, rides and refreshments.
Miss 24Carat organiser, Jodie Breeds, of 24Carat salon in Grangetown, said: “The girls have to do charity work as part of their entry to Miss England but this was something they wanted to do on top of that.
“They feel really strongly about doing something to help the community.”
More than 100 girls have entered the Miss 24Carat contest in the hopes of winning the final which will take place at the Stadium of Light on March 16.
It will feature an Eco round in which the girls model environmentally-friendly outfits, a Lipsy clothing round, a sportswoman round and an evening dress round.
The overall winner will go on to represent the brand at the Miss England final which features area finalists, such as Miss Sunderland, as well as brand finalists.
Jodie added: “I think it’s healthy competition having a Miss 24 Carat and a Miss Sunderland and means there is more chance of a girl from Sunderland winning the Miss England title, which can only be a good thing. A girl with a brand title has just as much chance of winning as a girl with an area title.”
Gill Berry, senior teacher from Sunningdale School, said: “The winter fun event is a first for us but we think it will be a great way to fundraise.
“The firm who usually do the ice rink at Mowbray Park are providing the ice rink and there will be other rides for people to enjoy. A band called Metalizer will also be performing on the Saturday.”
She added: “Fundraising for the pool is going really well. We have the plans and we hope to start work on it in the near future.”
•The winter fun park will be open to the public from 5pm-8pm on January 27 and from 10am-7pm on January 28. The cost to skate for half an hour is £4.