I was a special guest at the Llanelli Star Awards recently, To even be nominated for the Ambassador Award at the awards was an honour, but the welcome I had at the event really reminded me of the impact and impression that can be made by a Miss Wales. I was greeted by many who had followed my journey so far on social media, and it was amazing to hear their words of encouragement. It really means a lot to know how supportive people are of you. I received a ‘Highly Commended’ award, and they congratulated me on my win as Miss Wales and wished me the best of luck for Miss World. It was such a brilliant evening, filled with so many inspirational people from my hometown. The food at the Stradey Park Hotel never fails to impress either. I may have eaten my bodyweight in Welshcakes too!
The Swansea Life Awards is an annual event to celebrate the businesses that make Swansea such a great city! I was so excited to attend the evening, and took my mother along with me to enjoy the festivities. I arranged for a friend of mine, Jody Amner, to come and do her make-up as a surprise and she was so pleased! Then on Sunday 28 June, I presented backstage at the Welsh Hair & Beauty Awards. It was quite alien for me to present in English, but I loved every minute of it. It was great to be the first person the winners spoke to, it’s uplifting to be around that kind of energy. I can’t wait to see the final video of the evening! June really was the month of the award ceremonies!
In July, I arranged my first official meeting with Victoria Pedicini, the Managing Director at Women’s Aid, Llanelli. I was overwhelmed when I saw how eager Victoria was to have me onboard, and within minutes we were making plans for the future. I signed up to complete the Domestic Abuse Awareness Level 2 course, and am due my results at the end of the month. I have planned to train on their S.T.A.R programme too. This stands for Safety, Trust and Respect, and is a project aimed at children and young people in order to prevent them from developing abusive behaviours or entering in to abusive relationships in the future. Victoria was excited to have me onboard this project, because it’s helpful in these cases to have someone delivering the courses that young people can relate and look up to. My name is registered for the next training course, and I can’t wait to share that with you all.
I attended the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation Charity Awards at the National Assembly of Wales on the 9th of July. It was great to gain more exposure and spark interest in Llanelli Women’s Aid, by proudly wearing my sash and telling people about my involvement with the charity. I met several AM’s, including Nick Ramsay, the Conservative Welsh Assembly member from Monmouth, who was very interested in helping us in future. The most special person I had the pleasure of meeting however, is Rachel Court. Rachel is a domestic abuse survivor, who’s story is extremely tragic, yet so very inspiring. Women’s Aid Llanelli and Rachel are now working together on a new project, ‘The Sparrow Project.’ This project will aim to reach out to children and young people who are living in abusive homes. Children tend to be the forgotten victims of domestic abuse, and this is something that needs to change. I was humbled that Rachel wanted me onboard, and I’m looking forward immensely to dedicating a lot of time to this project. In spite of everything Rachel has been through, she shone with positivity as she greeted us. She struck me as an extremely brave, confident and beautiful young woman, and I can’t wait to work alongside her over the coming months.
To read more about Rachel, and to hear her views on what the government need to start implementing in schools in order to help and support domestic abuse victims, please click the link below.