I wrote my first blog as Miss Wales after just two weeks, because I felt I already had so much to say. Months have passed since then, and I’m afraid I have simply too much to tell! I left off at the end of March, and these past couple of months have been a blur of Easter bonnet competitions, fashion shows and pageant training. Here are some personal highlights!
On the 10th of April, I travelled to London to meet with Richard John, one of my pageant coaches and the gentlest man I’ve ever met. The day was so helpful in terms of perfecting my styling and stage presence. I took a stroll through London to meet a friend of his, Stephany Francisca. Stephany has competed in pageants, is a model and has the most graceful and captivating air about her. She gave me a few walking and posing lessons, she is a genius!
Not long after my masterclass with Stephany, I was able to pass on some of her wisdom. I was interviewed for ‘Bore Da,’ a Welsh television programme specifically for learners. I taught Alun Williams how to walk and pose. He did his very best, fair play to him!
On April 14th, I met two rather inspiring young men. Joe Street and Evan Phillips ran 235 miles in aid of CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young. They set themselves this seemingly impossible challenge after a friend of theirs suffered a cardiac arrest, and they felt not enough was being done to raise awareness of this worthy cause. They invited me to run part of their journey with them, and so, despite recovering from an ankle injury myself, and both Joe and Evan aching from head to toe, we soldiered on! These men are perfect examples of how you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. It was a pleasure to meet them both, and yes, they did succeed! Between them they raised just shy of £3000.
At the end of April, the world were united in shock and sadness, as a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring more than 19,000. This tragedy left thousands homeless, orphaned and alone. Social media erupted with people desperate to help, all donating what they could. I attended a ‘Women in Wales’ day at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff on the 24th of April, in aid of Save the Children. Save the Children have offered vital support and emergency supplies to the survivors of the quake, and so it was important to me that I was able to contribute what I could that day. There were some fantastic performers, a fashion show, auction and raffle. It’s heart warming to know we were making a difference. I made some great friends that day, and I hope to work with Women in Wales again in the future.
The date of May the 1st will be burnt in to my memory for years to come I think. On May the 1st, I zip-lined off the roof of the St Davids Hotel & Spa, Cardiff in aid of Tenovus Cancer Care. I wouldn’t call myself a thrill seeker or a dare-devil, but Tenovus is a charity very close to my heart. I lost three grandparents to cancer, and the support they received from charities like Tenovus was paramount to their comfort and quality of life in their final days. When I launched myself off the ledge of the hotel, I had only one thing in my mind. I could see the kind and gentle faces of my grandparents, and suddenly, I wasn’t afraid anymore. It was a privilege to promote and raise awareness of this amazing charity and the work it does.
Please read my next blog, all about my trip to LA with Tempest, and a very special meeting with Elizabeth Safrit, Miss United States. You can now follow the, ‘Miss World – Wales’ Facebook and the @missworldwales Twitter, as preparations are well underway for the grand final beginning in November.