Junior Miss Preston Mr England North West Preston

Miss Lancashire talks about what Easter means to her.

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘The real meaning of Easter’

As a Christian, Easter is one of the most significant events in our Calendar. It isn’t a time to be morbid but a time of celebration as we wait in anticipation for Easter Sunday, a symbolism of our Risen Saviour.

I don’t feel any embarrassment sharing this with you, because for me this is what I build my life foundations on, my faith. It strengthens me and brings me incredible fulfilment, purpose and morals to my world.

But I would never wish to place my faith on anybody else shoulder’s, we each have to discover our own theology and what we believe to be truth in our lives. I’m just blessed to be able to share my story with you.

Here’s a glimpse from our three Easter services at Church, all packed out with people who wanted to celebrate their risen King at Longton Community Church in Preston.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter and Bank Holiday with your Friends and Family! Make sure you enjoy lots of chocolate for those with a sweet tooth.

Love from Miss Lancashire XO

Miss Lancashire - Faith

Miss Lancashire Leading Worship

Miss Lancashire Leading Worship

Miss Lancashire - The real meaning of Easter.

Project of the week: Running 3 different 10K’s

Please help me change Children’s lives right here in the UK by sponsoring me through my Running challenges across Lancashire. You can support me here:


Miss Lancashire - Running Challenge

Miss Lancashire – Running Challenge

Miss Preston announces her trio of events all in the aid of Charity.

Miss Preston - Steph Leeson

As most of you may know I will be attending the Miss England semi-finals on May 19th 2014.

One of the biggest parts of Miss England is raising money for charity, this is one of the main things I am most passionate about and another point of why I love and will continue to support the Miss England organisation.

The charity I will be hoping to raise lots of money for is Beauty With a Purpose, this charity helps disadvantaged children all over the world. Miss England and all of the other National Beauty competitions around the world support Miss World’s amazing charity and have raised a substantial amount of money for many years now.

You can find out more about the charity by clicking the link below.


To help raise as much money as possible I will be completing the following:

  • A 20 mile bike ride around the Preston Guild Wheel (4th May 2014)

    Miss Preston - Steph Leeson

    20 mile Bike Ride – Miss Preston – Steph Leeson

  • No Ego Mud challenge which is a 10k mud and obstacle course designed by ex Royal Marines (10th May 2014)

    Miss Preston - Steph Leeson

    No Ego Mud Challenge – Miss Preston – Steph Leeson

  • And finally Tough Mudder, the craziest most insane course EVER! This is a gruelling 12 mile run through all sorts of military like obstacles, ice baths, mud slides & electric shock cables (2nd August 2014)

    Miss Preston - Steph Leeson

    Tough Mudder – Miss Preston – Steph Leeson

Check out the Tough Mudder Video if you have never heard of the event. It’s going to be a challenge!

My aim is to raise as much money as possible before the Miss England semi-final on May 19th but I will continue to collect sponsors after the event as I won’t be completing Tough Mudder till August!

Please sponsor me for this amazing cause! The more money I raise the better. You can sponsor me online by clicking the link below.


Thank you very much for all of your continued support! Wish me luck.

Love Steph x

Miss Preston attends World Bridal Event as a special guest.

Hello everyone.

I hope you are all well.

My Miss Preston experiences just get better and better week by week!

This weekend I attended The World Bridal Event held at The Marriot hotel Preston. The whole day was amazing; it was a mix between Asian and Traditional bridal wear.

I loved the fact that it had a good mix of cultures at the event and I was honoured to wear a traditional Asian bridal dress, it was beautiful! I loved the how different the hair and make-up styles were for traditional and Asian.

Miss Preston - The World Bridal Event

Miss Preston – The World Bridal Event – Modelling and Asian Wedding Dress.

The traditional bride is quite subtle and uses nude colours whereas the Asian bride’s make-up matches your dress and they love making your eyes stand out.

All the bright colours and extravagant jewellery pieces looked amazing and especially on stage where the light bounced off all the colours.

I arrived before the show started and had a good walk around talking to everyone and it was great meeting new people, people that weren’t necessarily from the Preston area. There were a lot of visitors from all different areas of the country, even more amazing!

I sat in hair and make-up for just under 2 hours. My make-up took the longest I must have had about 9 different colours of eye shadow on. It looked like a work of art, especially when I shut my eyes.

Miss Preston - The World Bridal Event

Miss Preston – The World Bridal Event – Loved my make-up!!!

It was great taking on the catwalk with a completely different look that I was used to, I would love to do it again!

I presented the main prize of the day on stage, this was for the winner of a £500 jewellery voucher for brides to be, where I had to pick the winner out of a hat.

I loved my experience of the day and cannot wait for my next event!

Much Love

Steph - Miss Preston 2013/14

Miss Lancashire success in local schools!

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘To whom much can be trusted with– Much will be given.’

This week has been so exciting! As you may or may not know, I have been attending different schools across Preston City, talking in assemblies and to classes about the Miss England organisation, being a woman of integrity, healthy body image and faith.

Due to the success of these projects I have now been invited further afield outside of Lancashire, to deliver motivational talks to High school students.

This is such an incredibly humbling opportunity, to impart positive teaching into the lives of the next generation of young men and women. I am so excited to meet these amazing individuals.

For daily updates and inspirational messages you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram linked below:
Twitter: @marykatemckay
Instagram: @MaryKateMcKay

strong>Project of the week:Modelling for Urban Decay

This weekend I modelled for the Urban Decay Launch of their new Festival eye-shadow pallet. Here is a glimpse into the live demonstration at The Fishergate Shopping Centre Preston.

Urban Decay - Modelling - Miss Lancashire

Urban Decay – Modelling – Miss Lancashire

Miss Lancashire modelling Urban Decay
Miss Lancashire modelling Urban Decay



Exams, Dance competitions, and birthdays! Junior Miss Preston is making the most of her Easter holidays!

Hey everyone!

Junior Miss Preston - Molly HiltonIt’s Easter half term! Even though I’ll still be revising and doing work for my GCSE’s I get a bit of a break and it’s Easter! I go back to school on the 22nd of April and then it’s not long at all till my GCSE exams.

Even though I am very nervous and concerned that I won’t have learnt everything I need to I am trying to be positive and I am starting to revise as much as possible without over doing it.

I have got lot of things coming up soon including the British Junior Formation Championship in Blackpool with the dance school I attend, Fever Dance Company.

I have been going to Fever for about eight years now and I taken part in many competitions, exams and shows. I love dancing for Fever Dance Company and I always have a great time at team practices.

At the Junior Formation Championships I will be competing in two teams, a four couple and an eight couple. The competition is on the 26th and 27th of April so I will be writing a blog all about the exciting weekend soon which will include many pictures, so please keep reading my blogs!

Junior Miss Preston - Fever Dance Company

Junior Miss Preston – Molly Hilton – Fever Dance Company

It is also my 16th birthday on the 26th of April which I cannot wait for! I have got a party planned to celebrate my birthday with all my friends which is going to be fancy dress, it’s going to be amazing!

As usual I am going to finish my blog with a quote for the week!

This quote could help or motivate many people in various situations. It helps me with many things, sometimes just the little things or even my GCSE’s. I wanted to share this quote with you because if you really want something you should never ever give up on it.

‘Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.’

Thank you for reading my blog! Have a fantastic week!

Love Molly Hilton x

This is just the beginning!

These past couple of days have been the hardest I have been through in a long time. Miss Afro beauty was this Thursday and unfortunately I didn’t place. I met some of the most amazing girls and had an ace day regardless and this has kept me going!

I would like to thank Ruth Mukete the organiser of Miss Afro beauty for the opportunity and wisdom she gave me through the heat as well as wishing all the girls that placed all the luck in the world for their futures.

Next for me is Miss North West in on the 18th May in Chester. I am excited, nervous and looking forward to doing all kinds of fundraising events.

The first one I have planned is a wine and pamper night soon where everyone can come and get a foot rub, nails done and enjoy nibbles while they’re there.

Anyone who is interested just give me a message and I will pop your name down, more details will be out soon so keep reading! In the mean time just remember that you may not be seeing results but everything will come if you keep working hard!

Junior Miss Preston Guild - Success

“questo è solo l’inizio”

‘This is just the beginning’

Sending my love and keep smiling

Ivy xxx

Miss Lancashire addresses Faith, Biblical principles, Self-worth and Miss England at Penwortham Girls High school.

Penwortham Girls High School - Miss LancashireThis week I was invited back to Penwortham Girls High School to talk to the whole of their year 8’s. I was given an hour to share, discuss and challenge them addressing issue around the importance of faith and biblical principles in my own life as well as sharing how I’ve overcome personal battles of self-worth and body image.

Then finally it was my privilege to explore the heartbeat behind the Miss England Organisation, encouraging the girls to dream bigger and opening their eyes to some of the work that’s involved to be a successful Miss England.

I have now been invited back to give another talk to all of their year 10 girls.

Thankfully it was a thumbs up from the girls and we had such a giggle together – Thanks Ladies!

Penwortham Girls High School - Miss Lancashire

#ThumbsUp! – Penwortham girls with Miss Lancashire

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week – Being a Woman of integrity

Miss Lancashire 2014As a young single Christian woman with vision, I’m finding that more and more people are trying to have an opinion about the direction of my life.

My role however is not to be intimidated, but to stand firm in who I am and hold tightly the purpose God has placed on my life, after all I’m the one that has to live it.

And with that in mind I wanted to address the ‘conflict’ between Miss England, beauty and my Christian faith, as I’ve found that I am answering this question quite frequently as I journey through Miss England.

The dispute around whether or not as a Christian I should be participating in a national beauty competition, for me can be answered quite simply; there is no conflict.

As a Christian I believe beauty is God given, so why wouldn’t I want to put my creator God on display – right?! My main goal ultimately is to be a faith filled women of integrity in every area of my life and so to enable me to be that, I have positioned incredible people in my life, full of wisdom, whom I trust to correct me if that goal ever changes. I pray that I will always remain humble and teachable in the process.

Thank you

MK xx

Miss Lancashire – “Be ready for anything!”

Miss Fylde Coast 2014 - Audition dayChannel 4 filming – Be ready for anything!

Channel 4 are one of the UK’s leading commercially funded public service broadcasters. Excitingly Channel 4 have taken an interest into the lives of 5 different girls participating in the Miss Fylde Coast regional heat for the Miss England Final 2014.

To my surprise, I was invited along to the Miss Fylde Coast 2014 interview day to spend some time getting to know the girls behind the nerves and smiles.

As part of filming, I was asked to interview the lovely ladies whose stories where being documented by Channel 4 on screen, sharing both my experiences in comparison to their expectations of the Miss England Organisation.

For me this was such a blessing to sit down with each of these amazing girls, each from different backgrounds, each with a genuine story and message to share and just listen to them.

I’m looking forward to journey with them and see them flourish through the Miss England Competition.

Miss Fylde Coast 2014 - Audition day

Having fun behind the scenes of the audition day!

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week – ‘Family First.’

If there is one thing I’ve recognised significantly change over the past 2-3 years, is my genuine heart for my family. Spending time with a family member is no longer associated with an adolescent frustration but actually from a place of compassion and respect that gives me the desire to create time for them. I believe that love really flows out of a place of respect.

As a family we have recently received the sad news that my wonderful Gran has Alzheimer’s and her mind is deteriorating rapidly, so to make sure that we make the most of our last bit of time with her, we are creating as many fun and spontaneous memories as we can together as a family. Meet my beautiful Granny Kay.

Miss Lancashire 2014

Me and Granny Kay!


Miss Lancashire 2014

Family is precious!

Much Love

MK xx


Miss Fylde Coast 2014 Audition Day!

Miss Fylde Coast 2014 Auditions. Miss Preston and Miss LancashireHello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have had the best and busiest weekend for a while now and thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

Saturday 22nd I went to the Glendower Hotel in Lytham St Anne’s where I met this year’s possible contenders for Miss Fylde Coast 2014 at their interview stage to become the next Miss Fylde Coast.

This year will be an incredibly tough year for the judges; competition was so high at the interview round.  I offered my hand up to volunteer and help at the day, and I am so glad I did, I enjoyed every minute of it!

I had a good chat with each and every girl after each interview just to see how they thought they got on, re-assure them if they were worried and let them know what the next stages would be.

Channel 4 were filming the entire day so some moments were quite intense when  I was trying to settle the girls after their interviews, Nerves were everywhere, especially with a cameras pointing in every direction, filming everything about the day.

It was great to tell the girls what the next stages will be and what rounds there will be in the Miss Fylde Coast final. I also asked the girls what sort of fundraising ideas they had and how much they would try to aim to raise.

I loved hearing each idea and all of them were so different! I cannot wait to see what these girls have in store for us and what incredible amount they will raise for charity.

Miss Fylde Coast 2014 Auditions. Miss Preston and Miss Lancashire Miss Fylde Coast and Miss Birmingham

Miss Fylde Coast 2014 Auditions.
(right to left) – Miss Preston, Miss Lancashire, Miss Fylde Coast and Miss Birmingham

Lastly but not least it was amazing to be reunited with my sisters from Team North; Miss Lancashire, Miss Birmingham, Miss Cheshire & the reigning Miss Fylde Coast. We made time to snap a few pictures throughout the day and have a good catch up over lunch, where like true beauty queens, we all know how to put some food away in our bellies!

Much Love,

Steph, Miss Preston 2013/2014 xx

My first ever Wedding Fayre as Miss Preston 2013/2014!

So I attended my first ever wedding Faye as Miss Preston. The event was held at the Masonic Hall Preston and was a mixture between vintage and modern bridal wear and fashion.

On arrival I had my hair and make-up done by two of the most amazing ladies I have ever met, Adele and Lauren from Forever Beautiful Preston (Forever Hair and Beauty.)

They both made me feel right at home and we chatted throughout my whole make-up and hair transformation. They made me feel like a million dollars when I was done and I was ready to take on the catwalk with a big smile on my face. I even got a few make up tips from Adele!

I’ll be using these tips in the future. Both of them were excited that I would be representing Preston in the Miss England semi-finals in May and assured they would back me and vote for me, this is what makes me proud to be Miss Preston, people like Adele and Lauren!

You can see some of their amazing work on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Forever-Hair-and-Beauty/141788295877939?ref=ts&fref=ts

Miss Preston Wedding Fayre

Miss Preston – My First Wedding Fayre

Once I was finished in hair and make-up it was dress fitting time, straight away I fell in love with the dresses they were gorgeous, I had to pick 4, providing they fit me properly.

Susan Craig Bridal in Chorley provided all the dresses for the catwalk. This dress was my favourite of the day.

Miss Preston Wedding Fayre - Favourite dress

My Favourite dress!

I opened the catwalk with vintage wear to start and led the rest of the models down the red carpet trailed in front of us. Straight after vintage we were put into the bridal dresses we had to be careful not to trip on the dresses, they were so long!

I had a great day at the event and enjoyed every last minute of it and can’t wait for my next bridal event on the 13th April at the Marriot Hotel Preston.

To top off an amazing couple of weeks I adopted Benjamin! He is getting on great and really trying to make friends with my other two rabbits, even enjoying a little cuddle with each other! I am glad I chose to adopt the little fella, he’s just gorgeous.

Here is Benjamin with my big girl Beux enjoying meeting each other for the first time.

Miss Preston's Rabbits, Benjamin and Beaux

Miss Preston’s Rabbits, Benjamin and Beaux

Everyone take care and you’ll here from me again soon

Steph x


If you dont succeed, try and try again!

Preston Prom Show - Junior Miss PrestonHey everyone!

On Tuesday the 18th I went to ‘SPACE’ (a charity) in Preston where, not only did I meet some lovely people, but I also had a photo-shoot. I put a gorgeous pink dress on and of course my crown and sash to then have a few photographs taken at the SPACE centre.

These photographs were put in the Lancashire Evening Post to help advertise the Preston Prom Show because this event had chosen to support the charity SPACE.

SPACE is an excellent charity and makes a massive difference. It is there to support disabled children and their families, which it definitely does!

After lots of time, hard work and advertising, the Preston Prom Show commenced on Sunday the 23rd. I arrived at the Marriott Hotel in Preston ready for the event at 9:30am where all the exhibitors had their stalls set up and they looked amazing!

There were so many different businesses there. Beauty and Hair salons, Sweet shops, Prom Dress shops, shoe shops, bags and jewellery shops, transport companies, tux and suit shops, entertainment companies and even an amazing photo booth!

Preston Prom Show Photo Booth - Junior Miss Preston

Preston Prom Show Photo Booth – Junior Miss Preston

So it was packed full of incredible shops and had everything you could need for your prom or even another event.

The day lasted until 5pm and was a great experience! I had the chance to look round all the stalls and nosey whilst also performing my role as the Ambassador of Preston Prom Show. This role was fabulous and something I would definitely do again.

During the day there was also a television company there who were filming for a upcoming documentary. I had a small interview which was really fun and challenged my confidence. I have to admit I was pretty nervous. It was worth the nerves though as I loved it!

Preston Prom Show - Junior Miss Preston

Preston Prom Show – Junior Miss Preston

Overall the day was great and I had such an amazing day. Thank you to all of the UK Prom Show team and all the exhibitors at the Preston Prom Show! I am going to attach as many of the exhibitors links as possible so check them out below!










Also I have got another quote I would love to share with you all this week which has motivated me to never give up and always follow my dreams. I hope you love it as much as I do.

‘I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan’  

Thank you for ready my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it! Have an amazing week!

Lots of love,

Junior Miss Preston x

Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity.

As Miss Lancashire I’ve had some incredible opportunities come my way these past couple of weeks and let me reassure you it’s not because I’ve been sat waiting around for things to fall into place.

Instead I’ve been using my experiences and tools in my hands to make a positive impact in the environment around me, it just so happened that by being faithful in the small things I was ready to take on something a little bigger.

So this week I’ve been working with ITV Granada reports, as a news presenter. I spent my Friday filming all around Manchester interviewing individuals and sharing my experiences as I reported on the rise of scam modelling agencies. I’m excited to confirm that the piece will be broadcasted on the first Thursday in May on the 5:30pm News.

Here are a couple of pictures:

TV Presenting - Miss Lancashire.

TV Presenting – Miss Lancashire.


TV Presenting - Miss Lancashire 2014

TV Presenting – Miss Lancashire 2014

Behind the camera - TV Presenting - Miss Lancashire on the streets

Behind the camera – TV Presenting – Miss Lancashire on the streets

Miss Lancashire quote of the week:

‘Turn your wounds into wisdom’

One thing I’m learning as I journey through adulthood is that no experience is ever wasted, no challenge has power over you and every lesson can enhance you’re life not decrease it.

I am humbled everyday as I meet amazing individuals who have overcome some tough battles in their lives and yet I find them asking me to share with them about my own battles, and how they have created the women I am today.

You have a choice to allow what defines you and what doesn’t – Choose to turn your wounds into wisdom!

Mary-Kate Mckay – Miss Lancashire.

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who… have known struggles…”

Junior Miss Preston GuildHello everyone!

So, it’s just over one week till the Miss AfroBeauty final and I’m so excited! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and this will be a perfect end to it all and I would like to thank everyone that has helped me get this far along!

It’s  a short and sweet blog for this week guys but I just want to you all to stay happy and remember that by being  able to read this you are blessed because you are alive!

Too often we take for granted what we have, for example our mobiles phones, Ipads, TVs, Internet - we concentrate on what’s missing like holidays and money. But, if you’re having a hard week, keep this quote in your head and maybe it will help you!

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”

 - Masaru Emoto


Junior Miss Preston Guild

Junior Miss Preston Guild – Wisdom.


keep smiling you beautiful people!

Love Ivy xx

Wedding dresses and Bunny Rabbits!

Hey Guys, hope you’ve been well the past couple of weeks.

So the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing my research and seeing as I’m engaged I thought it would be nice to look into wedding events in and around the Preston area.

I was lucky enough to get hold of 3 event managers who said they would love to have me at the event to model and to give out prizes after the catwalk show.

This Sunday I am happy to announce that I will be modelling the opening number of the show at the Preston Masonic Vintage Hall. I will get a feel of what it’s like to dress up in gorgeous wedding dresses all before my own big day.

I am also happy to let you all know that I will also be head-lining the World Bridal event held on the 13th April at the Marriot Hotel. This I am also very excited about, after all the more dressing up the better in my eyes!

Completely moving away from the topic I have decided that I will be adopting another Rabbit. I feel really strongly about the RSPCA and what they do and I have always been a massive animal lover from as far back I can remember.

Benjamin the Dutch rabbit - Miss Preston

Benjamin the Dutch rabbit – Miss Preston

I have seen so many animals that need rehoming that sometimes it upset me when people go out and buy a pet from a shop, when there are plenty out there in shelters that need rehoming.

The rabbit I have been looking at rehoming is Benjamin! He is just like my other two (both Dutch rabbits) I think he will fit in well with my girls and would bond with them quite nicely!

Benjamin the Dutch rabbit - Miss Preston

Benjamin – Miss Preston’s new rabbit!

My next blog will be an interesting one for you to read because a lot should happen in the next couple of weeks which I am looking forward to!

Thank you for rea

London Trips, Modelling Agencies and Charity Balls – Junior Miss Preston Guild is one busy girl!

Junior Miss Preston GuildHello lovely people,I hope you’ve all had a good and an easy week so far!Yesterday I went to LONDON! It was so much fun, I went to see the Olympic park, Velodrome and the Aquatic Centre that Michael Phelps won his gold medal in!

It was interesting to see that even though the Olympics are done with now for London all the facilities and buildings are being used to help the people that already live in the area; for example the people in Westfield Shopping Centre who had a lot of publicity and tourism during the games which meant that jobs were created.

London - Junior Miss Preston Guild

London – Junior Miss Preston Guild

One of the best parts of the whole trip was the visit to TGI Fridays, the best BBQ ribs in town, they nearly defeated me BUT of course I finished them all!

I’m looking forward to this week as I have an appearance this Friday as a special guest for a BAE Technology Fair in Hutton, it will be a brilliant opportunity to learn more about what students in and around Preston can turn their imagination to.

Junior Miss Preston Guild

#Pout! – Junior Miss Preston Guild – Ivy Kusaloka

I can’t wait to tell you all about it. This Saturday is my first photo-shoot with EKA Agency and I cannot wait but i’m so nervous at the same time, I look forward to the opportunities it will open up.

London - Junior Miss Preston Guild

London – Junior Miss Preston Guild

Miss Preston CRY Ball:
As I mentioned previously Junior Miss Preston 2013/14, Molly Hilton, and I are organising an event to raise money for a charity called CRY, and guess what guys TICKETS ARE OUT NOW!!

Here is the link for it!


You can have a look what the event is all about and get your tickets as soon as possible because tickets are on a first come first serve basis.

We are still looking for as much help as we can get and if YOU think you’re that help or someone that could help in some way please let me know and I’ll get back to you soon.

Have a blessed week, Ivy xx

‘What saddens you is a clue to what God has assigned you to heal in your environment’

BBC Radio Lancashire - Miss Lancashire - Mary-Kate McKay

BBC Radio Lancashire – Miss Lancashire: Mary-Kate McKay

Hello again readers,

So, BBC Radio Lancashire invited me back as Miss Lancashire 2014 to their Live Breakfast show on the morning of Friday 7th March, to celebrate ‘National Women’s Day’.

I have been recognised as a successful woman in Lancashire and therefore the station asked me to review Local and National news with their team, as well has sharing about my busy schedule of Schools Work, Charity activities, Miss England 2014 and my Running challenge for Beauty with a Purpose.

BBC Radio Lancashire - 'wearing Miss Lancashire's crown and sash'

BBC Radio Lancashire – ‘wearing Miss Lancashire’s crown and sash’

For anyone interested in listening back to the interviews to support you can find the podcast at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiolancashire

Both interviews went smoothly, I had such a blast with the Radio Lancashire Team plus having a good giggle with Graham Liver. Here’s a couple of images from the morning.

BBC Radio Lancashire - Miss Lancashire 2014

BBC Radio Lancashire – Miss Lancashire 2014.


BBC Radio Lancashire - Miss Lancashire 2014 - In the Studio!

BBC Radio Lancashire – Miss Lancashire 2014 – In the Studio!

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘What saddens you is a clue to what God has assigned you to heal in your environment’

For anyone struggling to put a finger on what their purpose is or for anyone who is so stirred up by certain things around them, I’d like to encourage you to stop for long enough to acknowledge the things that are really pulling on your heart strings.

It’s a possibility that they are key sign posts directing you toward you unique purpose and what if there are people waiting on the other side of a door waiting for you to push it open.

For me I am compelled to empower and inspire people in a society that craves hope. It’s under my skin and running through my veins so I can’t just sit still and do nothing.

The exciting thing is, is that I am no different to you, so let me encourage you to be still and awaken your senses.

“Life is meant to be lived, not controlled” – Junior Miss Preston’s words of wisdom.

Hey everyone!

I have had a very busy few days this past week! Filled with many things from meetings to hospital trips.

A few months ago I realised I had a cyst on my upper eye lid which unfortunately would not disappear on its own or with prescribed antibiotics.

I was referred to the hospital for a minor opertation on my eye to remove the cyst. For this I had to be at Ormskirk hospital bright and early for 8am on Friday the 7th.

I arrived at the hospital, had the numbing cream put onto my hands and then filled in a lot of forms! After waiting for not very long at all I was taken up to theatre.

The doctor put me to sleep with general anesthetic and then within twenty minutes the operation was complete. I woke up feeling poorly and it took me a couple of days to recover properly but I’m feeling a lot brighter now!

Junior Miss Preston - Eye Surgery

Junior Miss Preston – Eye Surgery

UK Prom Shows:
Exciting news! I had a meeting with the wonderful Sarah Burns and Tom Cobden from the business UK Prom Shows on Thursday evening.

They are both very lovely people and are starting their new business off with the event ‘Preston Prom Show’. The business also support the charity ‘Space’ which is a charity that supports children and their families.

This event will be held on Sunday the 23rd of March from 10am-5pm. The day will be filled with everything you need to organise for your prom, even transport.

I contacted Sarah and Tom about the ‘Preston Prom Show’ event and I will be appearing and helping out throughout the day. Not only this but they also asked me if I would like to be the Preston Prom Show Ambassador, to which, I said yes of course!

I’m extremely excited for this event and would love to invite everyone to come! It’s going to be an amazing day so get down and organise the perfect prom all in just one day!

I hope to see you there.


Preston Prom Show - Junior Miss Preston

Preston Prom Show – Junior Miss Preston

CRY Charity Event:
Finally myself and Ivy Kusaloka (Junior Miss Preston Guild 2012) have begun taking our plans for our upcoming event in July further!

Tickets are now on sale at this link – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/miss-preston-cry-charity-ball-tickets-10845762969.

I’d love for all of you to come as it is going to be an amazing night with loads of stories, food, entertainment and of course prizes so please come ready to give.

The theme for the night is black tie so please come dressed appropriately and ladies get your best dress on! This is a night to raise money and recognise the brilliant work that the amazing CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) do our area and around the country.

CRY Charity Event - Junior Miss Preston

CRY Charity Event – Junior Miss Preston

Inspirational words:

This week I came across this piece of text which I wanted to share on my blog.

Read that book, wake up early in the morning and go for that run to start off your day. Eat as clean as possible because you’ll feel so much better but treat yourself as well.

Be kind to everyone. Go out to a cafe and watch people walk buy as you sip your coffee. Compliment that stranger! Start a conversation with that person on the bus.

Read a book about food, about astronomy, learn a new language. Watch the sunrise. Get away for a weekend. Introduce yourself. Do yoga and go on a hike. Lie on the beach under the stars with your best friend.

Dance around and sing at the top of yours lungs at that festival. Life is meant to be lived, not controlled.”

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this is week and you have a fabulous week ahead of you.

Lots of love,
Molly x

‘The reading of a good book is like a conversation with finest minds of past centuries’ – Rene Descartes

Hello everyone!

Let me introduce you to a gentlemen by the name of Adam Mcdade. He is a very skilled ambidextrous freelance illustrator from North-East England. Adam has recently approached me for my permission to draw an image using my face for the cover of a Local Literature magazine, coming out later this year. Here is a sneak peak at the final sample:

Miss Lancashire - Drawings by Adam McDade

Miss Lancashire – Drawings by Adam McDade


Miss Lancashire - Drawings by Adam McDade

Miss Lancashire – Drawings by Adam McDade

More of Adams work can be founds below:


Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘The reading of a good book is like a conversation with finest minds of past centuries’ – Rene Descartes

‘Leaders are readers’

I’ve set myself a challenge to read 6 different leadership books before the year is out, because I want to continue being refined and developed. It’s so important to keep educating your mind. It’s funny really, the more you learn the more you realise you don’t know, and that’s a humbling position to be in.

Much Love,

MK xx

Miss Preston on the reality of Miss England.

Hey everyone, I hope you all have had a good couple of weeks!

The past couple of weeks I have had different people asking me questions about what pageants really are and if there is anything good that comes out of them.

My answer was obviously quite lengthy as I went in to how hard we all work and how much blood sweat and tears we put into raising money for Miss World’s own charity, Beauty With a Purpose and Variety, The Children’s Charity.

I decided to tell my local paper – The Garstang Courier – just what it is like to be Miss Preston and what Miss England is all about. The article explained how we raise the money and how much and what we have to do at each event.

Miss Preston Steph Leeson in the Garstang Courier

Miss Preston Steph Leeson in the Garstang Courier

I also said that I have never met such amazing girls in all my life; girls who have a willingness to help each other and pull each other through despite all the nerves back stage. We help each other through each stage and end up with friends for life!

I am determined to change people’s negative views on the Miss England competition. I tend to find that the people with hold negative views know nothing about the charity, ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ and The Miss England competition.

Most are unaware about what each woman does to raise money for charity in each and every competition. Hopefully my article will have given them a down to earth answer and even change a few views and opinions, even better maybe encourage future Miss England candidates!

Who knows, I’m sure we will find out sooner or later.

Miss Preston Steph Leeson in the Garstang Courier

The past couple of weeks have been exciting; I am getting further into my new application to be a combat medical technician in the army reserves. Once my medical form comes back, I will be booked onto the selection process. I will keep you all updated!

Why, some of you may ask? Well I wanted to do something different, challenge myself mentally and physically, in hope that it makes me a stronger person. I also want to gain new and different experiences that everyday life can’t offer me. I will keep you posted with updates!

I hope you all enjoyed your pancakes last night!

Love Steph xx



‘In order to see the change in the world, you have to be the change in the world.’

Come Rain or Shine

The 5 race running challenge has begun! Starting off with the Central Lancashire 5K Run in Bolton.

The route was up and down hill terrain with the occasional snowfall, safe to say it was COLD and quite grilling at times, but I did it and in 29 minutes.

I’m so excited for my upcoming 10K in a couple of weeks’ time to complete race two in my aim to raise a significant amount of sponsorship for Children’s Charity; Beauty With A Purpose (http://www.beautywithapurpose.com/ ).

Miss Lancashire 2014 - 5 race running challenge

Miss Lancashire – 5k run.

I am determined to push myself further than I have before and with your help and support we together can make a difference in a generations lives.

If you are compelled then more information can be found here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MissLancashire2014

Please follow and support!

Bolton 5k run - Miss Lancashire 2014

Bolton 5k run – Miss Lancashire 2014

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

Miss Lancashire 2014 - 5 run Challenge

In order to see the change in the world, you have to be the change in the world.’

Challenging? Good! So stop complaining if you’re not willing to do something about it or change your attitude towards it. Be passionate enough about something to make a positive difference to or for it.

It’s time to get outside of your comfort zones and start being courageous. Who you are is determined by what you actually do, not what you’ll say you’ll do.

Thank you for reading,

Much Love -

MK xx

“in everything, give thanks….” – Junior Miss Preston has lots to be thankful for this week!

Hey guys, this week I’m going to write my blog about more than one event.

Firstly on the 12th of February I went to the orthodontist and I had my braces taken off. After an long and painful twenty months wearing them it was a relief but wearing them was worth every single minute.

I am so happy with the results of my teeth, they look amazing and I now have a smile that I’m certainly not going to hide!

Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014

Big smiles from Molly - before and after the braces.


The next day, the 13th, was also great. My amazing mum had treated me to a range of new Benefit make up. How lucky am I? My luck continued on to Valentines day when my boyfriend treated me with a bunch of beautiful red roses, a tiara pandora ring and a very yummy Chinese takeaway!

junior Miss Preston, Molly Hilton

lots of treats this week!

Moments like these help you realise how lucky you are and for me make me highly appreciate everyone I love.
When I thought the week couldn’t get any better, it did! On Sunday the 16th my mum and I went to the incredible shop, The Dress Studio.

The Dress Studio - Junior Miss Preston

The Dress Studio


The Dress Studio - Junior Miss Preson

Junior Miss Preston visits the wonderful Dress Studio!

We originally went to find my dress ready for my valedictory dinner in July. After trying on many many dresses I had narrowed my options down to two dresses. I adore both these two dresses and found it so hard to choose between the two!

Therefore I got one of the dresses for my prom and purchased the other for appearances and events as Junior Miss Preston. Unfortunately I have decided not to post pictures of my dresses just yet, sorry to make everyone wait!

On Monday the 17th me and my family then booked a holiday in the beautiful country Morocco! I am now counting down the days to a much needed week away in August.

Recently I also met up with Ivy Kusaloka and Mary-Kate McKay, we had a lovely catch up and spoke a lot about a charity event myself and Ivy are planning. I am extremely excited about this event and what we have organised so far.

So recently I have had many blessed days which have really made me appreciate all the people in my life. I am incredibly lucky and also very thankful to have the life I do. I can’t wait to read all the other blogs to see what the other girls have been up to, I hope you enjoy mine.

Giving thanks - Junior Miss Preston

Giving thanks – Junior Miss Preston, Molly Hilton.

Lots of love,
Junior Miss Preston 2013/14

A call for help – Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014 and Junior Miss Preston Guild need your help!

This week has been so amazing!

I have had a week that has remind exactly what I have and has reminded me to make sure that I appreciate every second.

On Tuesday I had amazing news that I was a Miss AfroBeauty 2014 finalist, a direct heat to Miss England 2014 which is for girls with African or Caribbean heritage.

I am so honoured and completely overwhelmed. I am currently looking for a sponsor and I am so excited to get started and make myself proud! Watch this space for more on this!

As well as that I found out on Wednesday that had an unconditional offer to study Sports rehabilitation at Salford university which makes it 5 out of 5 on my choices for September!

I’m so proud of myself and I cant wait to get started with the big transition from college to University!

I took part in my first fashion show of the calendar year on Sunday for a wedding and prom fayre at the DW Stadium in Wigan.
Prom fayre - Junior Miss Preston

Modelling gowns at the wedding and prom fayre.

Although it was an early start I had so much fun, made new friends and even had a chance to meet old friends. I have  also never been in a room full of so many pretty dresses, it was unbelievable!

One of favourite shows and I would like thank the organisers for the opportunity.

Prom and wedding fayre - Junior Miss Preston Guild

Dinner time – having a catch up over lunch!

I had a pleasure to meet up with my fellow #TeamNorth sister, Molly Hilton, Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014. Together we have come up with an idea for a fundraising dinner on July 19th in aid of the charity CRY, which will be held in Tarleton.

We are in the process of putting everything together for this so as soon as we have more information we will pass it through to you!

In the meantime we would both really appreciate ANY help that anyone can give us whether its catering, music, decorating, raffle prizes or even just helping on the night, so if you can, please get in touch it would mean the world!

I hope you all have a blessed week and I remember that Thích Nhất Hạnh said : “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

prom and wedding fayre - Junior Miss Preston Guild

Photo booth – The girls have some fun!

Ivy x

This is who we are and we are proud!

Miss Preston 2012-2013-2014

Ivy, Steph and MK – Some of our Miss Preston girls.

What does being a ‘Miss’ mean to me?

I was asked this question and it got me thinking just exactly what it is we are.

I think that as a ‘Miss’ we are given the opportunity to show the best possible sides of us whilst encouraging ourselves to love who we are inside and out.

It’s a common misconception that Miss England is all about airhead, skinny girls covered in fake tan, all wanting world peace.

That’s completely wrong – from my experience, we are a group of girls who come from strong moral backgrounds who want to help others achieve happiness through our charity work, jobs and the lives we live.

Miss England - Miss Preston - Activity day

How many #TeamNorth members can you fit in a lift? – #TeamNorth Activity Day.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and as it turns out none of us look identical because we have all won these titles through different judges, different personalities and backgrounds.

I am proud to be a ‘Miss’ and I am very proud to meet a group of girls who are charitable, driven and ambitious!

We are proud. - Miss England North West Activity Day. Miss Preston.

We are proud!

Thank you for reading,

Love Ivy xx

#PrestonAndProud – Steph focusses on life as a Miss Preston

Hey guys,

Well I had an amazing weekend off. My fiancé whisked me away to The Last Drop Village spa and hotel in Bolton, where we had a lovely bottle of champagne waiting in our room with a three course Valentine’s meal to follow. It was perfect!

I even managed to sneak a little pre Miss England semi-final work out in the weekend by using the gym and spa facilities!

You may as well make the most of it as they say. Not to mention the amount of food I ate, I’m sure the gym and swim did me some favours!


Miss Preston - Last drop Spa and Village Hotel

Champagne moment – Steph celebrates Valentine’s Day in style!


In my last blog I mentioned that I could be making an appearance in the Lancashire Evening Post. Well… I can confirm that I did!

I even got a centre page spread! To check it out, visit http://www.lep.co.uk/fashion/stephanie-focuses-on-life-as-miss-preston-1-6444163.

The article was about being the kind of Ambassador that the people of Preston can be proud of.

As most of us would agree, we would all love to have more appearances with our Miss titles, however it’s not that simple.

There is a lot of hard work that goes into to creating appearances, however the article makes it clear that I will and carry on looking into as many appearances and events as I possibly can.

I want to make sure I can look back on my year as Miss Preston and be proud of what I did and the amount of effort I put into the community as Miss Preston, then I can never have any regrets!

Miss Preston - Lancashire Evening Post

Steph focusses on life as Miss Preston!


I have also been keeping busy by writing an article for Andy Bristow’s website. There is so much hard work that goes into being a Miss, but some of the best bits are events like these, being able to promote yourself as a positive member of a community while wearing beautiful dresses and attending photo shoots! Take a look at Andy’s website here - http://blog.andybristowphotography.co.uk/

Ok so I have set my fitness targets in place. This week saw the change of my eating habits!

I am probably one of the worst people you will meet when it comes to having the biggest cravings for the worst possible unhealthy foods imaginable.

This would mean that I have to stop eating crisps for breakfast and start to eat clean!

I aim to keep this up until the Miss England semi-finals; after all I want to look and feel my best when that day comes round. I hope to make my city proud! Here’s to Preston! #PrestonAndProud

‘Always have the can-do attitude’ – Miss Lancashire 2014-2015

Turn your weaknesses into strengths and your strengths into weapons

Well what an exciting week, I’ve had the privilege to join a younger generation of men and women as Miss Lancashire, at a local school in Preston.

Miss Lancashire visiting schools in Preston

Miss Lancashire – Mary-Kate, empowering young girls.

I spent my Friday afternoon being interviewed and sharing my journey to a Citizenship class addressing ‘Body Image and Self worth’.

I had the opportunity to share about my Miss England experiences and the incredible work they do as well as displaying a positive example of how to overcome inner demons and question about body image, by introducing a healthy mind-set and lifestyle that I have implemented, through my Christian faith as the strong foundation.

Mary-Kate McKay - Miss Lancashire 2014

My mentality is this: Turn your weaknesses into strengths and your strengths into weapons.

No event or challenge in your life is ever wasted, in fact each can be lessons or encouragement for others that come into your life battling with the same issues. Every day I am challenged in new ways. My only hope is that I never stop learning and keep conquering my fears so I can use them to my advantage and inspire others.

Mary-Kate McKay - Miss Lancashire 2014

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘Always have a can do attitude’
When you have a can do attitude you’ll find more opportunities come your way, because people will see that you’re a reliable character, which is one of the best characteristic to have!

After completing my schools workshop this week, I was introduced to the senior leadership of Penwortham Girls High school, whom have requested that I return and deliver talks to each year group during Assemblies and class events.

Miss Lancahsire at Penwortham Girls' High School

Miss Lancahsire at Penwortham Girls’ High School

Never miss an opportunity to say yes, because it may only be for that moment, and never come around again! I can’t wait to crack on with more Schools projects across Lancashire.

Much Love -

MK xx

Photoshoots, Tough Mudder and being Pampered! Miss Preston is making the most of her title!

Hello readers! So, my last post was about my various photo shoots with Andy Bristow Photography. Since then I can confirm that I have chosen 20 of my favourite pictures.

I sat down with Andy and viewed all the images, it was so hard to cut them down, we sat for ages contemplating which images were better than others and which images we deemed necessary for the portfolio.

I was surprised at the images we got, I cannot believe how great they turned out, and even some of the more simple ones with me just sat down around a table turned out great.

Miss Preston - Andy Bristow Photography

Miss Preston 2013-2014

I will be discussing a possible article to go in the Lancashire Evening Post later this week, I have already contacted them and they are ringing me to find out more.

The portfolio of images includes a good mixture of shots, including some head shots, some full length and some half-length shots. I wore several different dresses and outfits; one of my favourite places to get nice dresses from is Lipsy, there is such a range and some lovely colours in.

My favourite pictures actually came from a mixture of the shots we got in the Harris museum. I am sure this had nothing to do with the fact I was nice and cosy in the Harris museum with some pictures being shot on their old vintage radiators, honest!  (These kept me nice and cosy all day.)

Miss Preston - Andy Bristow Photography

Looking Glamorous – Miss Preston 2013-2014

I am also very pleased to announce that I will be competing in Tough Mudder this year! Some people will think I am crazy, but I know I’ll have fun doing it whilst raising money for Beauty With A Purpose!

I’m not so sure my sash and crown will join me in the race but no doubt I will pop them on for pictures at the finish line.

I have till September to get ready for the event! I am very nervous just thinking about it.

This weekend I am going to enjoy a nice weekend off. I am being whisked away to the Last Drop Village in Bolton, where I am sure I will make the most of the spa facilities!

It is also my mum’s birthday so I’ll be taking her out to dinner Saturday evening.  I will put some pictures up from this weekend.

Love Steph x

Molly Hiltons account of the #TeamNorth activity day.

Hey everyone, its Junior Miss Preston 2013 here!

This week I am going to talk about a recent team get together I attended with Miss England North West. This event took place on Saturday 11th of January at the Holiday Inn in Preston. We had a full day together to talk about all the interesting things we are planning to do throughout 2014 and I had a chance to get advice from all the team about my upcoming year as Junior Miss Preston.

#TeamNorth - Class of 2014.

#TeamNorth – Class of 2014.


I first arrived at the Holiday Inn after an early start of the day at 10am! It was lovely seeing all the girls and the organising team, having a good catch up and a laugh as they’re like a second family to me.

When everyone was there we got started, we did different activities which involved us getting to know all the girls better and talking to each other about our different ideas for the year ahead.

The Ladies from Preston - Junior Miss Preston - Molly Hilton

The Ladies from Preston:
Mary-Kate McKay – Miss Preston Guild and Miss Lancashire.
Ivy Kusaloka – Junior Miss Preston Guild
Molly Hilton – Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014
Stephanie Leeson – Miss Preston 2013-2014

This was very helpful and the team have given me so much advice about future appearances and events. I now have an organized list of ideas I am going to pursue further and have started to plan, exciting!


During the day a photographer, Andy Bristow, came and did a shoot with all us girl individually. This wasn’t just a fun and a great experience but we all got the chance to get dressed up and wear our sashes and crowns!

Miss Preston Guild and the new Junior Miss Preston

Mary-Kate and Molly with their crowns and sashes.

After our small photo shoot it was lunch time and I had a delicious Big Mac meal from McDonalds which was very yummy! For the last few hours of the day we did a couple more group activities similar to the morning ones and then formed ourselves a ‘to do’ list based on events and activities we want to be involved in through out year as a titleholder.

Junior Miss Preston guild and the new Junior Miss Preston

Ivy and Molly in their crowns and sashes.


Overall the day with #TeamNorth was an amazing day, as always. I learnt a lot of new things, got tons of new advice and did all this whilst spending time with my amazing second family. I’m really looking forward to what this year has to bring and being part of Team North makes it twice as exciting! Bring on 2014!


Love Molly, x

Introducing Molly Hilton – Junior Miss Preston 2013/14

Molly Hilton - Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014

Molly Hilton – Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014.

Hello everyone, my name is Molly Elizabeth Hilton and I am the current Junior Miss Preston for 2013 and 2014.

I am fifteen years old and attend Tarleton Academy. I also work part time at Jenny Bird Holistic Beauty Therapy which is located in Tarleton. Outside of school my hobbies and interests involve dancing, beauty therapy, baking and of course, shopping!

One of the best things about being Junior Miss Preston so far has been meeting so many new people. Not only have I been able to join a group that we like to call #TeamNorth, but I have been given the chance to attend other heats such as Miss Cumbria.

Some of the ladies from Miss England North West's #TeamNorth

Some of the ladies from Miss England North West’s #TeamNorth
(Left to right: top) Chelsea Edgar, Jordan-Louise Smith, Ivy Kusaloka, Steph Leeson, Georgia Potter, Mary-Kate Mckay, Molly Hilton and Aimee Shields (Bottom) Jenna Howard, Mary Ainsworth and Kerry Capoverde.

When attending these heats has given me the opportunity to meet and greet so many amazing girls and been able to help them all, which was incredible as I love helping others as much as I possibly can.

Honestly I am extremely proud of myself for winning Junior Miss Preston. The heats are not easy and take a lot of hard work and dedication but it is all more than worth it! I am also proud of the whole of #TeamNorth, they are all fantastic people and truly inspiring.

I am very grateful to be able to learn from and become part of this wonderful group of people. One of my big ambitions in life is to stay involved with the Miss England organization for as long as possible. Another big ambition for me is to have my own beauty salon but my biggest ambition in life is to be happy and to always try my very best to make others happy too.

Thank you for this opportunity!

lots of love,

Molly Hilton - Junior Miss Preston 2013-2014.

Lots of Plans for our Junior Miss Preston Guild!


Ivy Kusaloka - Junior Miss Preston Guild

Ivy Kusaloka – Junior Miss Preston Guild

What an exciting week this has been!

I started my work experience at Preston North End football club, shadowing the back room staff; I cannot work to learn the ins bad outs of a football club!

Recently I have been in close contact with my local Rotary club who are a group of charity workers, businessmen and building enthusiasts who come together to put on events in the area for the community. I have had the chance to speak closely with them about working together on upcoming events and I cannot wait for it all to begin!

Personally too, it’s been a brilliant week because I have been offered a modelling management contract by EKA who are an amazing group. Hopefully this will be the start of something big, with the shoots and catwalk I have lined up!

Hope you all have a lovely week and remember to keep smiling!

lots of love Ivy x #

My Running Challenge and my role as an Ambassador for S.E.E.D.

Miss Lancashire in Training!

The Countdown has begun for my 4/5 Race Charity Running Challenge and I’m training 3-4 evenings a week with the excellent help of All Seasons Leisure Centre – Active Nation. I can’t wait to make a positive difference in our communities raising money for the amazing Children’s charity #BeautyWithAPurpose.


Miss Lancashire's Running challenge

Training at the Gym – Miss Lancashire, Mary-Kate, is getting ready for her Running Challenge!


Miss Lancashire trains for her running challenge

At the Gym – Miss Lancashire Trains for Charity Running Challenge

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:


‘’All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing’’Edmund Burke


I’m pleased to announce that I am the newest edition to the S.E.E.D Lancashire Charity family, which means I will be representing the charity as an Ambassador, speaking at different events, working with young people in schools and talking to individuals in one on one sessions, sharing about my personal journey combatting self-worth and body image challenges. For me this is an exciting pursuit and I can’t wait to get started helping and encouraging people through their journey.


So who are S.E.E.D Lancashire, and what do they do?

S.E.E.D. (Support and Education for Eating Disorders) is a registered charity based in Preston and was founded in 2007 to provide a network of support for sufferers of eating/food/weight related issues and their family members, carers, friends etc.

They are the only service of this kind in Lancashire, with SEED providing information, advice, education, resources, training and practical help for anyone affected by eating distress.

SEED is an organisation based around Christian values. They are a volunteer led organisation, consisting of volunteers who have a passion for eating disorders and helping others. Some of their volunteers have recovered from eating disorders themselves or have previously been carers for those with an eating disorder.

‘We strongly believe that people suffering with an eating disorder can get better, and that full recovery is possible’.

More info can be found here: http://www.lancashireseed.btik.com/

Much love

MK xx

Raising awareness, Junior Miss Preston Guild supports the charity ‘CRY’.

Wow where as January gone?! Happy New Year first of all to everyone and I hope the year has started just as you wished for!

In these past few weeks I marked my 18th birthday and I have never felt so blessed! I have so many things I want to do this year and I cannot wait to get started.

At the end of this month I’m taking part in catwalk show and I can’t wait! I have a few photoshoots I’m planning to do but my biggest plan for this year is to go ahead with the ball in aid of a charity called CRY who are very close to my heart. They helped the family of a friend of mine, Jordan Grant, who passed away 2 years ago of a heart condition. This is him below…

Ivy Kusaloka, Junior Miss Preston Gulid, wants to raise awareness of the CRY charity in memory of close friend, Jordan Grant

Ivy Kusaloka, Junior Miss Preston Guild, wants to raise awareness of the CRY charity in memory of close friend, Jordan Grant

I would I appreciate it if you could all go to the website and see what they do and donate if you can. www.c-r-y.org.uk/

Cardiac Risk in the Young - Ivy Kusaloka - Junior Miss Preston Guild.

Cardiac Risk in the Young Logo.

I will keep you updated on all that’s happening but for now. Have a positive blessed week!

Love Ivy x

Stephanie is a Model Miss Preston

Steph Leeson Miss Preston Photo ShootWhen I became Miss Preston I had very little modelling experience. As you can imagine it was a bit daunting being thrown right into the image of being a ‘beauty queen’ and all the rest that comes with it!

As Miss Preston I will attend various events, whether these are charity events or promotion days for a new company they all differ. I would be expected to have my photo taken and take many pictures myself for my own blog and experiences as Miss Preston.

After working so hard for the title you go through things in your head such as, what are you going to do with your title? How can your title benefit others? How can you use your title to benefit you? These are just some of many questions I have asked myself over and over again.

I felt a bit inexperienced and wanted to better myself as the new Miss Preston. First thing was first, build myself a portfolio as Miss Preston and Stephanie Leeson. This would ensure that I had good professional images to show companies and business prospects, this can help gain sponsor and charity money for the Miss England semi-final and fingers crossed final.

The money is raised for Beauty with a purpose. This charity raises money for disabled and disadvantaged children. Hundreds of millions of pounds have been raised and donated to local and international organisations the world over.

Having a portfolio would not only hopefully help gain possible sponsorship, it will hopefully help to benefit me and help me gain future events in the next year so that I can make the most of my title. I would gain more experience the more photographers I shoot with. Being Miss Preston has given me the confidence to have my photos taken, when in previous years I was quite timid and shy.

I decided to shoot with a professional local photographer Andy Bristow, who already had experience shooting title holders. I was told about Andy and how professional he was, with this I gave him a call to see if he would be interested in working with me. Of course at the time I was a little nervous and wasn’t sure I could trust him as you hear so any things on the news these days about young women going to shoot with so called ‘professional photographers’. I had Mark (The Boss!) check Andy over and he assured me that he had worked with him before, so I got the go ahead.

So for the past month I have been shooting with Andy at various locations! Being in the freezing waters of Tigers Clough waterfall to being sat on a nice warm radiator in the Harris museum Preston. I have enjoyed every single weekend and look forward to many other weekends ahead as Miss Preston 2013/14.

I have had so much fun, what girl doesn’t love having their hair and make up done!

Love Steph x


‘If your ship doesn’t come in, then swim out to it!’

Don’t be disheartened if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the exciting thing is you have another chance tomorrow with a new day a fresh slate and new challenges ahead. It’s just a bad day NOT a bad life!

‘As a man thinks in his heart, so he is’ – Your mind has a massive hold over how you feel, but thankfully your words have even more power over your thoughts. So if you’ve got to speak out so your ears can hear you that you’re having a great day, then get declaring. If the ‘men in white coats’ show up to take you away, then let you’re positive attitude pass on to them too! :)


Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘If your ship doesn’t come in, then swim out to it!’

Don’t sit on your bottoms waiting for opportunities to come to you, go out and look for them and make them happen!

This week I was fortunate enough to be invited to model for the wonderful Hair stylist Pier Alexander at the Matthew Lui Photography Studio Manchester Launch night and Live photo-shoot, modelling some of the North Wests finest clothing designers.  Here’s a preview from the fabulous evening:

Miss Lancashire - Mary-Kate rocks the Blue Dress!

Miss Lancashire – Mary-Kate rocks the Blue Dress!


Miss Lancashire - Mary-Kate McKay


Taking the Shot - Miss Lancashire has the camera!

Taking the Shot – Miss Lancashire has the camera!


Fireman's Lift - MK and the photoshoot team!

Fireman’s Lift – MK and the photo-shoot team!


Photoshoot - Miss Lancashire

An amazing experience – Mary-Kate is centre stage

Miss Lancashire 2014 Photoshoot

Miss Lancashire 2014 - Mary-Kate McKay


Photoshot with Mary-Kate Mckay - Miss Lancashire

Looking beautiful, Miss Lancashire’s final pose at the photo-shoot!

Miss Lancashire’s 2014 Running Challenge and plans for her year.

Mary-Kate McKay - Miss Lancashire 2014 - Miss Preston Guild 2012

Mary-Kate McKay – Miss Lancashire 2014


Project of the week:  Miss Lancashire 2014 Running challenge BOOKED!

Aim: This year I am pushing myself further to raise as much money as I can for the incredible Children’s Charity; ‘Beauty With A Purpose’, aiding disadvantaged children globally and right here in our communities.

The Challenge:

Miss Lancashire 2014 Running Race Challenge completing the following races:

- 16th February: Central Lancashire 5K Run

- 1st March: Blackpool Stanley Park 10K Run

- 13th April: Bolton 10K Run

- 5th May: Annual Preston Guild 5K Run


And this is how you can sponsor me:


In addition I have compiled a list of amazing things I want to achieve and be involved in this year. Here they are;

Things I want to achieve this year:

  • Be successful in Miss England 2014
  • Successfully receive agency work for Presenting and Commercial work

Events to get involved with:

  • Hope for  justice speaking in colleges, universities and schools
  • Create my own Empowering Women event
  • Work with Katie Holmes Trust
  • Completed Hope For Justice Speaker Training course with MD and central Team
  • Create 5 minute inspiring video blogs for my YouTube channel on a weekly basis
  • Complete my Miss Lancashire 4 race running challenge to raise funds for Beauty with a Purpose
  • Get in touch with PNE football club and see if I can make appearances at events/games.
  • Gain positive support from Lancashire County Council – wasn’t successful last week – maybe get in touch with Councillors/ Mayor
  • Preston clothes show and fashion week.
  • Work with eating disorder charity : SEED (meeting with Shelley this weekend)I will keep you all updated on these events and others, throughout my year as Miss Lancashire.

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so that the world can see you’

I love this quote, I try to base anything I do around this quote to put life into perspective and to genuinely humble myself.

My aim is to be an authentic person in every area of my life especially as I take on new roles, whether I am leading a congregation in Christian Worship on a Sunday morning, mentoring my young Lifegroup girls, backpacking on a mission trip in Macedonia, or representing Lancashire as 2nd Place Miss England.

I never want to take  my position in leadership for granted, I want to ensure that I’m always  honouring the leaders/mentors that have entrusted me with the responsibilities they have placed on me!

Much love,

MK xx

Hope For Justice Ambassador Speaker Training day.

Project of the week: Hope For Justice Ambassador Speaker Training day.

Aim: #EradicatingHumanTrafficking

Human trafficking is a hidden and complex crime that can easily be misunderstood. It is conducted by serious organised criminals whose methods are constantly evolving.

Hope for Justice is pioneering a new approach to combatting the devastation caused by human trafficking on the lives of many people here in the UK.

My Role as an Ambassador or Hope For Justice is to spread awareness and celebrate the lives rescued from modern day slavery.

More info can be found here: http://hopeforjustice.org.uk/

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘Always keep your heart and mind open for the unimaginable’

Despite an emotional roller coaster of a week, I always prepare my mind for favour and positive things aligning in my life. Like attracts like and therefore if you allow your heart and mind to welcome positive things, then guess what, you’ll attract exactly that!

You have power over your mind and you can choose how it will respond to your circumstances!

This week I found favour in new friendships which I never EVER expected! But it brought me great joy in the midst of a very difficult week. And it is all down to my attitude towards those negative circumstances, which I chose not to tolerate.

Watch this space, I may just reveal who my new friend is in due time! :)

‘New Season, New you’ – Miss Lancashire talks about reinventing herself!

Let me introduce to you 2014’s #TeamNorth taking part in Miss England 2014

Miss England North West Activity Day

We are “Team North” – This is the Miss England North West Activity Day

I’m so thankful for my Team North miss England Sisters. These women are passionate and driven at seeing change in their communities and schools, through their hard work raising money for different charities across the North West.

Together we are working hard to remove any negative press or individuals pre conceptions against the work of the Miss England organisation and completely transform the North West’s understanding about the incredible work of the Miss England Organisation, in conjunction with Miss World.

It’s seems like a tough challenge, but we believe in the next generation of women!

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

Mary-Kate is Miss Lancashire 2014

‘New season – New you!’

I’m reinventing myself to kick off the New Year, starting with my hair colour. I’m usually a total blonde bombshell, but the time has come for a change and so I’ve joined the dark side. Not sure how long I’ll keep it this way, however it has completely changed my look, what colour tones I can wear in clothes and my style of make-up. I Love it!

Be sure to invest some time in yourself this month, replenish, revitalise and re-energise as you get back into routines after Christmas .

Much love


Miss Lancashire 2014, Mary-Kate Mckay, talks about her thoughts on Human Trafficking.

Mary-Kate McKay - Miss Lancashire 2014 - Miss Preston Guild 2012

Mary-Kate McKay – Miss Lancashire 2014 – Miss Preston Guild 2012

Happy New year everyone! I hope you’ve made the most of every opportunity this season to spend with friends and family.

Whilst most of us were preparing for Christmas and getting our houses kitted out with winter tones, decorations, Mulled wine and Cinnamon spiced candles, there where thousands of innocent individuals across our nations, bound by the shackles of Human trafficking, holding on to a faint distant memory of what Christmas once was like for them or what it felt like to share precious time with loved ones. And that breaks my heart!

In the midst of my busy seasonal schedule, stepping into a New Year, I wanted to humble myself and remember my journey; from where I’ve come from into who I am today. I am eternally grateful for the transition.
Here’s a gentlemen after my own heart, a man who shares a passion of mine, which is to eradicate Human Trafficking using whatever tools we have in our hands…

Andrew Van Asselt:- Designer and Owner of Coalition For Justice clothing Company


Coalition For Justice
 is an International lifestyle brand, that inspires unity whilst taking an absolute stand against social injustice and Human Trafficking.

The style deviates from the social norm by reflecting those who dare to dream, those who lead, and those who influence others. The brand clothe both men and women who impact the world.

Whilst producing fashion shows and selling their products, Coalition For Justice travel internationally to gain inspiration from different cultures and people they encounter along the way. CFJ clothing represents ethical values, whilst remaining minimalistic but bold. This allows for a transition from high end fashion to edgy Streetwear.

CFJ clothing communicates awareness by bridging the gap between different cultures and societies. Their goal is to bring awareness and provide hope to survivors of the injustice. Coalition For Justice encourage people to follow their dreams while being aware of their impact on society and their social responsibilities.

Currently 20% of all proceeds made by CFJ go to survivors, with the hope to provide safe houses in the future, offering individuals rehabilitation, an education and the opportunity to learn a trade. Coalition For Justice’s vision is to eventually have their products designed and made by survivors of Human Trafficking. Additionally, they plan on opening store fronts to feature other ethical and social responsible clothing companies.

Finally, Coalition For Justice Fashion shows are called ‘The Abolition Project’, bringing together companies all around the world to take a stand against injustice. The shows bring together dancers, designers, singers, artists and filmmakers creating community and unity to have an effective global impact against injustice.

Coalition For Justice are here to reflect the good in this world and to help bring justice where justice is needed, taking pride in providing quality craftsmanship for every garment.

As Miss Lancashire, Mary-Kate is supporting the CFJ foundation.

“Dare to Dream” – CFJ Garment.

Miss Lancashire Quote of the week:

‘If your goals don’t intimidate you, then you’re not dreaming big enough!’

Its 2014, it’s January and I’ve got BIG dreams for 2014, so what are you going to challenge yourself to achieve this year? You’re the only person in the way of achieving it.

In closing I’ll leave you with this: Stay thankful, stay ambitious and have a life changing 2014.

Get Organised

Ever feel like your spinning lots of plates and feeling the pressure that you might drop one at any point?

The key is get yourself a diary, get yourself organised and prioritise your life properly, keeping the main things, freeing your mind and your time of things that are just filling space in your life that you could effectively use for something that really count!

Miss Preston Guild’s tip of the week – Live in such a way that you inspire others!

Whilst scouting in Preston City centre for our new Miss Preston over the weekend, I found myself drawn to the beautiful red lettered 70% Sale sign painted all over Fusion’s shop window … Obviously I had to have a quick browse.

To my surprise waiting to be discovered in the middle of a bulky sale rail I found what I can only describe to you as my new ‘Caribbean, Carnival, Calypso floral high waisted pants’.

And what’s more is they only cost me £10!!!!

So when Saturday morning came about of course I was wearing them to scout down my New Miss Preston 2013/2014 girl.

The funny thing was by the end of the day I had managed to convince every girl I scouted plus our amazing Team North Girls to go and purchase my amazing new pants!

I guess the message I’m trying to put across is this; Live your life in such a way that people are drawn to you so they can get the opportunity to catch a spark from your heels (Cuban heals if you’re a gentlemen) that gives them a vision and a purpose to live their own life to the full as well!

So let’s start living!

Let me show you how I’ve been living this week






Time Flies


This week has just been leading up to scouting for Miss Preston and Miss Preston Junior and I absolutely loved it!

The girls in Preston are all so beautiful, unique and with lovely personalities.

I can’t wait to see the shortlist of ladies and help in the backstage of the show in October to share my experience and advice to the girls just to make their night a little less stressful.

This past year has gone so quick its crazy to think about it, this time last year I was\s halfway through making my eco dress and panicking here and there!

Yes I would do it all again if I could even if it was just to meet my Miss North West sisters!

I have made some amazing friends, learnt some life changing lessons and most of all had fun.

Just a little side note I would like to congratulate everyone on their A Level results and for everyone who didn’t get what they wanted, don’t worry there are others ways to get what you want it life it just means you have to work a little harder which you are all capable of!

To all the year 11 getting their results this Thursday don’t stress or panic you worked as hard as you could and it will pay off one way or another , GOOD LUCK!


The Newton Viceroy Movement

The Newton Viceroy Movement

What a week!

This week I launched my brand new fashion blog on the Newton Viceroy website.

NV is a Global Street style website which promotes individuals creativity, passion and with the ultimate goal of sharing individuals interpretation of what Street Style means to them.

Here’s my first insert which can be found on: www.Newton-Viceroy.com A Northern bird, based in the UK


My name is Mary-Kate McKay, M.K. for short and I’m a creative soul documenting my world through the use of images.

I’m 100% Christian; with a passion for the inspiring people I meet along the way.


Street style to me is discovery; to uncover the treasures hidden away amongst the back streets of this world by bringing them to life through the use of fashion.

My style is motivated by different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds and different social statuses.

For me it’s not what you wear but how you wear it – If a bin bag had a story, I’m pretty sure I’d try to share it!


I’m a thinker aiming to inspire or encourage others through words.

I hope I have the opportunity to do just that for you.

Please check out the below link.

It’s a project I’m currently working on ‘HOPE FOR JUSTICE’.

It’s an organisation set up to abolish and uncover Human Trafficking aka Modern Day Slavery.

Get behind the cause.


Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Do more of what makes your heart get excited!

Here are some images from my own Newton Viceroy photo-shoot.

Being creative is something that makes me tick, so I decided to share with you some images I created for my NV blog.

Hopefully they will inspire you to do more things that will make you break up your everyday routine.

Learn to love life whilst you’ve got it!

Newton Viceroy Apparel: http://newtonviceroy.bigcartel.com/home




Invest In Yourself

Invest in yourself!

This week I made the decision to spend some time by myself, it’s so important to build that into your lifestyle especially as life keeps on speeding up its crucial to make sure you’re recharging your batteries.

So as I had a week off in preparation for starting my new job on Monday 12th, I decided to fill my week with things that I find Fun, things that I find relaxing and things that would feed my soul.

Here’s a breakdown of my week:

Monday – Shopping spree and Lunch date with my girlfriends Nikki and Laura at the Trafford Centre Manchester.

Tuesday – Miss Preston 2014 Flyering with my wonderful Mentor and friend Mark Jones and the beautiful Mary Ainsworth.

Dinner date with great friends

Wednesday – REST DAY!


Thursday – Spa day with my best friend Jen Friday – Audacious City Church Conference 2013 (Manchester): 9:30am start right through to 11pm.

This was absolutely EPIC, soooo good for my soul!

Saturday – Long lie in to recover from Audacious conference followed by a fabulous BBQ with my great friends at Nikki’s farm.

Sunday – Church in the morning and back to Audacious City Church Manchester for 5:30pm.

This was great motivation for starting my new job on Monday Morning!

Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Dream bigger dreams!

Before I close off this week’s insert, I just want to delve a bit deeper and share my experience of the Audacious conference in Manchester on Friday.

When I arrived, I arrived with an expectation to receive a revelation whilst I was there, I didn’t expect how many revelations I was going to receive.

One of the poignant messages that I took away with me was this; ‘A leader has to see what’s not yet there to motivate you to do what has never been done’ – in other words as leader it’s my responsibility to have a vision for something bigger that has been before, I want to challenge you this week to think outside the box an ream bigger dreams to motivate yourself to achieve them!

Have a great week.

You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream

Hello lovelies,

This week has been fab, i had a photoshoot with a photographer to update my portfolio in my local park at the start of the week which was so much fun and the pictures have turned out brilliantly!

Hopefully I get a chance to do a lot more soon.

As well as trying to start modelling I’m counting down the days until the NUTS challenge at the end of this month down south with lots of gym work, a strict balanced diet and of course the Inanity Workout which is really pushing me to my limits but hopefully it’ll all be worth it in the end.

This week I have scouting for the next Miss Preston and Junior Miss Preston on Friday and Saturday to look forward to and I’m so excited and privileged, I shall let you know how that goes I’m sure we won’t have any trouble finding lots of beautiful ladies!

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis

Being Thankful.

This week has been a week full of reminiscing and thanking for everything I’ve got.

I am in the process of planning an event in memory of a late friend Jordan Grant and while I have been ringing up venues and putting things together it gave me a chance to realise exactly what I have and just the fact I am breathing should be a blessing to me, this has meant I have worked 10x harder and appreciated everything!

I would love it so much if people could have a look at the cause I am raising for and even give as much or as little as they can because it is an amazing cause for an amazing boy.

An update will be coming soon on the event and hopefully I’ll see a lot of you there.


Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey

The Newton Viceroy Movement

What a week!

This week I launched my brand new fashion blog on the Newton Viceroy website.

NV is a Global Street style website which promotes individuals creativity, passion and with the ultimate goal of sharing individuals interpretation of what Street Style means to them.

Here’s my first insert which can be found on: www.Newton-Viceroy.com A Northern bird, based in the UK

My name is Mary-Kate McKay, M.K. for short and I’m a creative soul documenting my world through the use of images.

I’m 100% Christian; with a passion for the inspiring people I meet along the way.

Street style to me is discovery; to uncover the treasures hidden away amongst the back streets of this world by bringing them to life through the use of fashion.

My style is motivated by different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds and different social statuses.

For me it’s not what you wear but how you wear it – If a bin bag had a story, I’m pretty sure I’d try to share it!

I’m a thinker aiming to inspire or encourage others through words.

I hope I have the opportunity to do just that for you.

Please check out the below link.

It’s a project I’m currently working on ‘HOPE FOR JUSTICE’.

It’s an organisation set up to abolish and uncover Human Trafficking aka Modern Day Slavery.

Get behind the cause.


Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Do more of what makes your heart get excited!

Here are some images from my own Newton Viceroy photo-shoot.

Being creative is something that makes me tick, so I decided to share with you some images I created for my NV blog.

Hopefully they will inspire you to do more things that will make you break up your everyday routine.

Learn to love life whilst you’ve got it!

Newton Viceroy Apparel: http://newtonviceroy.bigcartel.com/home

A Season Of Change

Today is my last week in my 2 and half year long Job, now that’s a daunting thought.

Why is it that we want change in our life so badly, then when change shows up and knocks on our door – we freak out like the post man just showed up with a parcel and we’re still sat on our couch in our undies?

Haha I love a bit of humour to start a new week off on the right foot.

The thing is if you want to see change in your world, then you’ve got to be the change in your world!

That’s what I’m doing this week, leaving one job to pursue another.

Life is built up of seasons – there’s a time for everything.

Sometimes you’ll find life takes you to those mountain top moments where you feel on top of the world, other times you’ll feel like you’re crawling through the valley looking up and the height of journey ahead.

The key is to keep moving, because you’ll soon find yourself in a season of change, so be ready for it!

Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Create the environment you want to dwell in everyday.

It’s nice to be nice!

If you have the opportunity to make someone’s day just that little bit better then make sure take it.

On Saturday I received a call from the LEP (Lancashire Evening Post) requesting if I could pop into the LEP headquarters in Preston on Sunday afternoon, for an interview with the gorgeous Charlotte Wareing.

As I made my way to the LEP offices, as usual I was far too early and so I felt a prompt in my spirit to drop by a Starbucks and pick myself and Charlotte up something tasty to drink in the heat.

Funny thing was the dilemma I had pulling up to the Starbucks drive-through; ‘Will it be hot inside the LEP building or will the air-con make it freezing? – Not everybody likes coffee, what if she’s lactose intolerant…?’

Haha – So I settled for a Grande Mango and Passion fruit Frappacino.

You’ll be pleased to know she loved it!

We spent an hour talking and sharing about the success of Miss England, future opportunities, Family, Childhood and my favourite topic Church life/ Church culture.

All around a very positive and insightful two way conversation… not to mention that Charlotte taught me how to write the word ‘The’ in shorthand!

My message to you today is simply this: If you want to dwell in a positive environment, you’ve got to create it!

This is a picture of me and Charlotte:

Who’s Your Inspiration?

‘Who’s your inspiration?’




Well this week my niece told me I am her inspiration; to me those are big words that come with big responsibilities.

That got me thinking what makes someone inspirational?

The will to overcome something bigger, the power to change someone’s life maybe not directly or even just a benchmark in life.

My inspiration is my mother.

One of the strongest, funniest and kind hearted women I know who is willing to help anyone.

I know she has been through thick and thin to make sure our family has got everything we need and more!

That’s what defines an inspiration right?

This week take time to think about your actions because you never know who’s looking up to you!

“If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.” ― Chad Sugg,

Serving Our Troops In Afghanistan

‘Serving our Troops in Afghanistan’

Well what a week!

With only 2 weeks to go until I leave my current Job, life appears to be speeding up instead of slowing down.

This week I received a very inspiring email from the Miss England office, requesting that I could offer my support to the Royal Air force, by sending 12b Squadron a signed photo of myself from the Miss England Final.

Here’s how the letter read:

‘My name is Corporal Andy Wheatley and I’m a member of 12(Bomber) Squadron who have just deployed to Afghanistan.

We have just inherited a new and very dull building in which to operate from.

Over the next four months we will be operating in temperature in excess of 45c to help protect NATO troops and Afghan civilians.

We are just trying to see if we can brighten up our operations room by reaching out to well loved celebrities and ask for you to send a signed picture to ’12(b)Sqn’.’

It has been my pleasure to this week to send a signed photo to our troops, not just signed with a signature, but signed with words of encouragement!

Your words have the power to bring life or death in any situation, and I’m working on choosing life over and over again, in any given situation.

Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Truly learn to Live, Laugh and Love.

This week, 2 of my closest friends joined together in marriage – a declaration they’ve made before their friends and family but more importantly before God!

It was one of the most joyful days of my life so far where I truly felt alive, I truly laughed until I literally fell off my chair and I truly felt Love; for my friends, my family and for the lasting images of the memories we shared together.

The key is not to just live life waiting for each moment, but take those moments with you into everyday life!

It may just be an ordinary day today, so don’t miss the opportunity to access your Love capacity, or your ability to let out a huge belly laugh, whilst enjoying your freedom to really live.

This week I want to close with this: ‘Live out your dreams, live the life you imagine!’

Elegance Is The Only Beauty That Never Fades

This week saw the start of scouting, beginning with Miss Bury and Junior Miss Bury.

I had the pleasure of joining the scouting team on Saturday at Millgate Shopping Centre and I must say it brought back so many memories and it was such a good chance to tell girls who are joining this year a first-hand experience of exactly what it is and just sell it better!

I met some of the most amazing girls when I did Miss Preston, that even to this day are some of my close friends and I must say to anyone thinking twice about it, don’t bother, there will be no way you’ll regret entering, so do it straight away!

There will be heats near you without a doubt so the best thing to do is Google it, have a look and enter online to start your journey, you will not regret it.

The confidence boost, new friends, experience and even THE DOMINOES PIZZA are just extras on to everything that will make this one of the choices you will learn from for later in life.

To me taking part in junior Miss Preston meant the extra help to get started with modelling, the extra confidence and the chance to meet some new friends who end up being there for you long after the show has past.

I couldn’t express in words how much this has changed my life because I could be here for ages!

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

Audrey Hepburn

‘Cut Off The Branch That Doesn’t Bear Any Fruit’

‘Cut off the branch that doesn’t bear any fruit’

There will be things in life that will hinder you and if you don’t separate yourself from them, they will harm you.

There’s a quote I absolutely love that says:

‘Sever the branches that don’t bear much fruit in your life’

Sometimes the idea of cutting things out of your life doesn’t sound very fun, the idea out severing them, in other words get rid of them as fast as you can, sounds dramatic and painful.

But often that’s because we’ve left them too long in our lives, that they’ve started to hinder us.

In keeping with the imagery of a tree, if a branch has started rotting, over time that one branch will infect the rest of the tree and eventually infect the root.

The only way a plant can bear more fruit in each new season, is by cutting back the flowers, before the next season keeping the branch healthy – this is called pruning.

For me it has become apparent over the past couple of weeks, certain things in life are becoming stale and hindering me rather than allowing me to flourish.

It’s time to spring clean my life and plant good healthy trees around me, trees that are going to bear great fruit in my life, that will support and encourage me to grow!

Miss Preston Guild tip of the week – Do your homework!

This week I learnt my lesson the hard way, an ‘Agency’ based in London I’d applied to, got in touch offering me a free photo shoot and training session because they ‘believed’ I had what it takes to be a successful model.

In my excitement I booked myself in, paying a small deposit fee of £50, to make sure I’d turn up on the day.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after I paid my deposit that I read a couple of blogs around fake agencies and too my horror Luxe Models was one of named Fake agencies, a scam set up to lure young aspiring models into a sales plot in aim to get £3000 worth of Portfolio images out of you from a top London Studio.

Luxe Model’s aren’t even an agency, they are simply a sales company for Kube Studio’s in London.

I don’t know about you but, £50 isn’t a small amount of money that I can just giveaway.

However I count it a blessing that I didn’t book and pay for my expensive travel tickets down to London and I’m certainly relieved that I wasn’t placed in uncomfortable selling ground trying to get £3000 that I certainly don’t have.

Lesson this week is do you homework, do your research and don’t allow the industry to walk all over you!

Nuts Challenge: ‘Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race them, they will win’

This week has been glorious with temperatures reaching holiday levels!

I found the best thing to keep cool was homemade smoothies, my favourite was the berry refresher!

To make it all you need is to blend all these lovely ingredients together and pour into a cup then boom!

1 cup of halved strawberries

5 cups orange juice

2 tbsp. sugar

8oz low-fat raspberry yoghurt

10 ice cubes

Try it out one of these summer days!

This week a few friends from work and i signed up to the ‘NUTS CHALLENGE’ which is a 7k army assault course in London later this year, I will be doing it to raise money for the World Food Programme which is a charity that provided food and vaccinations to children and families in third world countries.

I am working so hard to get to peak fitness and I would really appreciate it if all of you could donate even just a pound to our page and help us help others.



“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race them, they will win.” – Tom Fleming

It’s My Birthday!!!

So this week it was my 23rd Birthday, how old do I sound!!

Sometimes we loose site of making life fun because we get stuck in our routine lives, day in day out.

I made a decision on Wednesday, my birthday, to change my life!

Sounds dramatic I know, but by making the small steps you’ll find they will eventually add up to making big impacts on the way your life plays out.

Preparation is so vital!

Want to know what life changing decision I made?

I decided to stop being lazy and start pushing every Model/Presenting Agency door I could!

Yes, 4 agencies came back within the hour to tell me I did not meet their criteria, but I remembered that I’m ok with the word ‘No’.

Eventually the right ‘Yes’ will come along and I’ll be ready for it.

I’ve made a decision to change my perspective on everyday life and make every day exciting, creating my own opportunities – you can too!

Miss Preston Guild tip of the week:

Have intentional conversations Keeping the above theme flowing, It’s amazing what opportunities might pass you by if you don’t have the courage to ask the right questions to right people.

This week I made the decision to have an intentional conversation with a Gentleman who owns a film company.

I shared with him my vision for the future and he was able to impart his wisdom into my life and offer fantastic opportunities to help me get to where I want to be.

Had I not plucked up the courage to talk to him I might never have understood what vital steps I need to take to help me achieve the career I want.

This week I dare you, have at least one intentional conversation that might just open up a door to your next opportunity!

In closing, you’ll be pleased to know I had a fabulous week of celebrations for my birthday with both family, close friends and Boy :) .

To my absolute surprise Boy bought a surprise 7 night trip to Majorca at the end of August, where we can have some serious down time recovering from such a busy year, as we soak up the sun.

As you might imagine – I’M SO EXCITED!!!!

Take Every Opportunity To Make A Difference

Following on from last week’s passionate response to local MP criticism towards the Miss England Organisation and Beauty with a Purpose, I have been invited to participate in a Charity fashion show in London as a shortlisted Miss England Finalist.

The charity fashion show is raising significant funds for the Demelza House Children’s Hospice (http://www.demelza.org.uk/).

Dalmelza house was established in 1994 and the hospice aims to bring cheerfulness, affection and understanding to terminally ill children.

As you can imagine, as a youth worker myself I’m passionate about serving young people and therefore I jumped at this exciting opportunity.

The show will take place in September and I’m really looking forward to meeting up with some of the amazing solid women I met at the Miss England finals

Miss Preston Guilds tip of the week: ‘If your ship doesn’t sale in, swim out to it’ Make your own opportunities and stop waiting to be discovered!

I have recently made a decision to peruse a job in something that I am naturally skilled at and enjoy doing; Presenting.

One of key comments made to me by the Miss England judges following on from the finals, was how I professional presented myself on stage and how I spoke over the microphone.

It seems that if you stick a microphone in front of me I have a natural ability to share my heart with people in a disciplined manner!

Presenting is something I wanted to do when I was younger, but I never perused it as I had this romantic idea of ‘being discovered’, in other words I was too lazy to get off my bottom and work hard to achieve my dream career.

I’d watch TV clips on repeat, listen to radio shows, memories film quote and find myself frustrated that I’d never be good enough.

The most exciting thing is that nothing is ever wasted!

All my experiences of sharing my passion with people, doing interviews with local and national newspapers, leading week in-week out at Church and mentoring my young Lifegroup girls has been an amazing training ground!

I’m now at the right age, with the right head on my shoulders to work hard with perseverance to get to where I want to be.

By now you will know my heart is for people and seeing individual’s lives change in a positive way and I desire to publically take that message out through the tools I have in my hand.

I’m so thankful that the Miss England platform has given me the push I needed get out there and achieve just that.

Do Not Regret Growing Old; Many Are Denied The Privilege

This week has been a week to be proud of for me as I finished my first year at college with a double distinction after all my hard work and a looking back a year to this time seeing how much everything has changed is so crazy even just looking at all the lovely prom pictures make me so sad it gone so fast!

But this now means I have the whole summer to look forward to with sun, beaches and parties!

As a way of preparing for my holiday I have been doing the Insanity workout which I must say is one of the hardest things I have committed to in a long!

It consists of lots of sweat, tears and effort but results are always the outcome from what I’ve seen and 60 days to get a beach body is something I can do!

I would recommend it to anyone!

Do not regret growing old; many are denied the privilege. – Unknown

Have a blessed week, Junior Miss Preston X

A Good Marriage Would Be Between A Blind Wife And A Deaf Husband

What comes to your head when I say weddings?

Love? Family? Party? Dresses?

I think all those things combined together.

I had the pleasure of attending a wedding this weekend and I must say it was perfect, the bride looked absolutely stunning and her groom just as smart!

The day was spent around family and friends all there to wish them a happy marriage and it just made me think how important our family and friends whether it be in the good times and bad.

I think my plan this week is to text a friend or family member who I’ve not seen in a while just to say hi and I love you, you never know that text at that time could put a smile on someone’s face and change their mood for the whole day!


That should be your plan of action for this week!!!

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

Michel de Montaigne

Have a good week , Junior Miss Preston X

Fight For What You Believe In

Ever since I made a decision to be a Christian I HAVE always been challenged on my beliefs.

Therefore it has always been important for me to challenge myself on why I believe what I believe, so that I have the right words to share for every conversation.

To my surprise, the same challenge arose for the Miss England Organisation when disappointingly a local MP in Torquay, following the weekend of the Mr & Miss England final, criticised the incredible work that the Miss England organisation has achieved, both here in the UK and across the world.

This week I want to challenge you to get to grips with the things that you believe you stand for and engrave them on your hearts because when they are tested, you’ll find they where ready for battle and will remain standing.

I’ve copied the link to the article below, have a read and see if it stirs you to action as it did for me.

Below the link, I have copied my response, which I have forwarded to the newspaper and posted comments on their website in hope to change the perspective of individuals with pre conceptions towards the Miss World and Miss England organisation.


My Response:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; therefore the issue here is that MP Adrian Sanders’ has a limited perspective of how he measures beauty, unlike the Miss England and the Miss World organisations, which look at individuals characteristics internally not just externally.

The secret is in the title – Beauty with a PURPOSE.

The Miss World charity; Beauty with a purpose enables pioneering young men and women to achieve incredible things around the world through the tools that they possess in their hands.

If MP Adrian spent some time looking back over history he would discover that all Miss & Mr England contestants have come from all walks of life, overcome many different challenges and rooted from many different ethnic and social backgrounds, however, each sharing the same vision; to see communities and societies coming together to make a difference.

For me, this unexpected but exciting opportunity to be part of Miss England, has created, what I believe to be a fantastic new platform from which I personally can combine all the things that I am really passionate about with my ultimate desire to get out there and meet the needs of people; end-off!

‘Beauty with a Purpose’ the Miss World charity, is such a significant voice and carries a really powerful message.

To be involved in taking that message and all the support that goes with it out to our young people in the UK and overseas and really start to see change happen is such an achievement and a huge blessing.

For me, I believe beauty is God given and therefore why wouldn’t I want to put that on display.

Not through the use of provocative images, but through a heart that is passionate, alive and striving for change – Something which speaks louder about beauty than a pretty face.

Kindest regards,

Mary-Kate McKay

Miss Preston Guild & 2nd Runner up in Miss England 2013


Well everyone, I am delighted to announce that as your Miss Preston Guild, I placed 2nd runner up (3rd in line to the throne) at the Miss England Final 2013 and I can NOT believe it!!

A Huge thank you goes out to each person who voted, prayed, sponsored and encouraged me through my whole Miss England Journey.

I am so thrilled with my position and very excited about the year ahead!

When my name was announced as a judge’s choice for the top 15 I was so overwhelmed, never did I imagine I would find my self 10 minutes later in the top 5, closely followed by my 3rd place position.

I am just absolutely over the moon!

The whole Miss England Final is something which I will never forget.

It was one of the hardest, yet thrilling 5 days I’ve ever experienced in my life.

Meeting the Judges.

The Judges role is to find our next Miss England, a pioneering young woman who will act as an Ambassador for our country.

Therefore each judge throughout the 5 day’s will be watching you and analysing how you respond in every situation.

The thing I had to remind myself is that each judge is not there to catch you out, but to draw from you the qualities of what they are looking for from a Miss England winner.

For Girls who are considering participating in a regional heat, make sure you have a full understanding of the responsibility you hold every time you put on your Sash and Crown.

You have been given a platform to make a difference, to make an impact and to be an inspirational role model to your region – something which you should not take lightly!

Miss Preston Guilds Tip of the week – Think the best in everyone

During my time at the final I made a conscious effort to build authentic relationships with the other 60 finalists.

This started way before the final as I wanted to make connections with the other girls before the finals.

By investing in getting to know the girls individually, I’ve now completed the final having 60 new girlfriends, whom about 20 of those are practically my new sisters.

The Girls in particular who are so close to my heart are our very own Team North ladies!

Often all it takes is to put your pride down to one side and metaphorically ‘just walk across the room’.

Get outside your comfort zones and see the best in people, then you’ll start building authentic relationships.

In closing the most memorable moment from the Final was the response from ALL my girls – the other 60 contestants – when I won 2nd runner up.

As I shared with them; I feel that I haven’t just won this place in the final for my own benefit, but on behalf of each of them.

We are a team and when one of our girls wins, we all win together, whooping and hollering for each other.

I represent not only myself, my region, my church or Team North, but every aspiring girl with a passion in her belly striving for change.

Something which gives me the confidence to continue spreading the message of the ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ Charity.

‘The Future Belongs To Those Who See Possibilities Before They Become Obvious’

Hello readers!

This week has been massive for Preston as it held its own City Games on Saturday 8 June 2013.

The multi-sport one day event was aimed at businesses, charities and organisations in Preston and surrounding areas.

It saw individuals and teams competing in 9 different sports.

You don’t have to be of Olympic standard – joining in and having fun were the main aims of the games.

UCLan Sports Arena and Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre were the venues for the games, with various sports on offer:

* Badminton

* Basketball

* Football

* Hockey

* Netball

* Rounders

* Rugby

* Running

* Table Tennis

Prestonian and former Olympian, Helen Clitheroe, is the patron of the Preston City Games.

Just to get you through this week keep remembering….

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” John Scully

Have More Than You Show And Speak More Than You Know

Hello Again!

On Sunday the 26th I went to a Christian worship night… in RUMES nightclub!

It was so different and inspirational I loved it!

That set me up for a week full of lovely surprises, on Monday I got a call from an agency saying they would love to work with me which means a lot of new opportunities and the chance to meet some new amazing people which I look forward to thoroughly.

I had the chance of seeing American rapper/musician TYGA at the Ritz in Manchester Saturday and it was such a fun, exciting and memorable night and his performance was spot on!

Hopefully I will be seeing more shows later in the year from different artists.

Lastly, I would ask you all to vote for at least one finalist for the Miss England 2013 title special mentions to Miss Preston Guild, Miss Cheshire, Miss Cumbria, and Miss Bolton, Miss Black Country, Miss Birmingham, Miss Birmingham Runner up, Miss North West all part of #TEAMNORTH good luck girls and please vote people!

All the details are on the Miss England website of how to vote for each one!

Words of the week – Have more than you show and speak less than you know

“The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.”

This week has been mega busy, full of exams, parties and today I had the privileged of attending my little cousins confirmation, I felt so proud of him.

That was only my week, this week the lives of a whole family and community changed so drastically when a soldier was killed in broad daylight in the middle of Woolwich.

Watching the news sent shudders down my spine how someone would do such a horrendous thing to an innocent man and my thoughts go out to all his friends and family.

Out of it all money coming into the ‘help the hero’s’ charity has been in the boat load and the website even crashed wish just goes to show that in hard times people always find a way to help others and keep someone’s legacy going which is amazing!

Just to finish off I would like to say congratulations to all the girls that got to the semi-finals of Miss England whether or not they made it to the final is something amazing and an experience they will never forget.

To all the girls through to the finals Little Miss Preston has everything crossed for you! GOOD LUCK:D xo

My Week and Some Random Facts

Hello again!

This week has been so busy and stressful but im glad to say deadline week and exam week are over for me!

This week i have mapped out a plan to help me bring together an amazing ball to raise money for two amazing charities, watch this space!

One of the things that got me through this week was a little book my brother brought from school which had a lot of random facts in it and i thought i should share a few of my favourite …

-The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.
-There are more people alive today than have ever died
-Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
-The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court

hope you’ve learnt something new lovely’s! 

Love Junior Miss Preston x


Miss Preston Guild’s Big Night Out- A HUGE!!! Success.

Miss Preston Guild’s Big Night Out – A HUGE SUCCESS!!

Friday night was my Miss Preston Guild Big Night Out event, which was a huge success.

Things are thrown at us to test us, but it’s how we respond to those challenges, which reveals our true character.

On Friday morning both my DJ and Photographer pulled out of the event, leaving a guest list full of people expecting a ‘right good boogy’ but with no music to dance to.

Momma & Poppa Stanley plus Poppa McKay however came to the rescue; you wouldn’t think my parent’s had once been married, divorced and now re-married to different partners the way they all get along, but together despite the situation we found not 1, but 2 Dj’s and my word, where they incredible.

Miss Preston Guild’s food for thought of the week:

So as I pull all the balloons out from the back of my car and count the bags of coins raised, as I brush out my loose curls in my hair and put on my oversized woolly socks and sweat pants, I sigh a big sound of relief as I read the following verse of confirmation, marking the hard work has paid off:

Proverbs 23:4-5

‘Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quite. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.’

So often we strive to outdo other people.

‘Success’ limits you to just being the best, however ‘Excellence’ allows you to be the best that you can be, it’s liberating!

Aim to do things with excellence and you’ll exceed all your expectations.

Tip of the week: Don’t look at anyone else’s achievements; stay focussed on your own!

When I read the above verse, I felt relieved.

I have the freedom to choose not to be distracted by what the other girls in Miss England are achieving, but to celebrate my own achievements.

I set out to do things with great excellence and in doing so I’ve exceeded my own expectations.

I set clear goals and achieved beyond them.

Through the support of my friends and family and the generosity of people I have raised a fantastic amount of money, which is going to be used to impact disadvantaged children’s lives.

I can’t wait to see how the Beauty With A Purpose Charity are able to use it.

Busy Weekend For Junior Miss Preston Guild

This weekend has been one of the busiest, but definetly one of my favourite in a while!

I woke up at 8 o clock on saturday morning and i was never expecting that by the time it got to 5pm that same day id learn so much and meet so many beautiful, funny and amazing ladies!

I am such a proud memeber of Miss England North West and I have so many ideas of ways to make the next year my year and i cant wait to let them all come together and for everyone to see them….watch this space!

Love from Junior Miss Preston Guild

The Three Bridges’

‘The Three Bridges’

This week I completed by first ever 10K run, race 1 of the 3 race running challenge, in aim to raise money for Beauty With A Purpose.

Thankfully the 4 weeks of intense training in preparation for the running challenge paid off and my body was disciplined and ready to use up all its stored energy for 1hr and 5 minutes – My time for those who didn’t catch that! ;)

Miss Preston Guild’s food for thought of the week: Use your initiative!

During my training I’d contacted the Miss England Office to purchase my Miss England Finalist Tee-shirt, with the Miss England Sponsors printed onto it.

Unfortunately due to a delay with the Manufacturing Company, the tee-shirts weren’t ready.

So instead of worrying about not having the opportunity to promote the Miss England Sponsors, I took the initiative to make my own!

With a little help from a strong man with a very sharp pen knife, I managed to create some stencils and spray pain them onto a cheap White tee-shirt.

Apart from it look amazing I had immense fun doing it!

Check it out below!

*Please Note* if you are anywhere near as clumsy as I am, get some help cutting out stencils from a strong Man.

It not only helps you but Men love it when you ask for their help!

‘If You Don’t Do It When You First Hear About It, You Forget About It Until The Last Minute’

This week I launched my Preston Guild Big Night out at revolution Bar Preston.

I’m very excited to show you my Tickets for the event.

I’m encouraging people to buy their tickets in advance so that I can get an idea for numbers of the event, but despite advertising in 1 and half months in advance of the event, I’m prepared for people to only grab their tickets 1 week before the big night!

It’s just like exams – people panic 1 week before when they realise they haven’t revised what they should!

Tip of the week:

If you don’t do it when you first hear about it, you forget about it until the last minute!

The key is to crack on and stop procrastinating.

If you would like one of my fabulous tickets then please contact me by:


Tickets only cost £10 and every penny raised will go to Beauty With A Purpose – An incredible charity aiding disadvantaged children all over the world!

Time: 8:30pm until late

Location: Revolution Bar Preston – 18+ Only

Miss Preston Guild’s food for thought of the week: Invest in your Family!

This Sunday it’s my younger Sister’s 20th Birthday and I am hosting a surprise birthday party for her.

Between you and I, we have that typical sister Love-Hate relationship.

Love isn’t just a feeling it’s a choice you make everyday.

The Greeks had 4 different words for Love, each having their own meaning.

I believe as humans that we are called to love other humans with what the Greeks call an ‘Agape’ Love.

Agape Love roots back to a ‘Brotherly/Sisterly’ Love; you’ve got to first learn how to love your family before you can truly know how to Love people!

I hope you enjoy your week!

My First Entry As Miss Preston Guild

Hi Everyone and welcome to my blog, this is my first entry as Miss Preston Guild and it’s my pleasure to share my journey with you week by week, unlocking the different activities I will be involved with by getting stuck in and getting my hands dirty; in some cases more literal than others!

My aim throughout the blog is to encourage you with small snippets of food for thought, as well as widening your mind in the art of the possible!

Miss Preston Guild’s food for thought of the week: If you don’t ask you don’t get!

I want to start with some practical ‘Food for thought’ this week.

Learn to accept the word ‘No’.

Don’t prevent yourself from asking the question by fearing the response you’ll get back in return.

By preparing yourself for Companies/Organisations/People saying ‘no’ to your requests, you are protecting yourself from feeling discouraged or allowing negative thoughts to overtake the positive work you’re trying to achieve.

Once you grasp the art of not fearing the word ‘No’, you’ll find more freedom and more brain space to look for more opportunities, and that’s when you’ll find the ‘Yes’ you are looking for.

This week I contacted 3 local Supermarkets; Asda, Tesco and Waitrose.

In hope that they would allow me as ‘Miss Preston Guild’ to come and pack bags to raise money for Beauty With A Purpose Charity.

My First lesson learnt:

* Just because you have a title (or even if you don’t), you can’t expect to get what you want with just your charm. You’ve still got to go through a selection process just like every other request put forward.

* Engage your brain not just your beauty! Do your homework and understand what steps you have to put in place before you make a request for support from a large company. This way you are more likely to get somewhere with your request and less likely to get frustrated when you don’t hear back from them straight away.

For me only 1 response came back and unfortunately it was the dreaded ‘No’ word. Had I applied the above principles I would have been ready for it.

I learnt my lesson quickly so I’m now ready for the next time ‘No’ crops up!

Sometimes it’s harder not getting ay response, you almost feel like you’re in limbo.

Ask again!

And if that fails knock on another door of opportunity!

Tip of the week: Prepare in advance

Set yourself achievable goals with set time scales, then you’re more likely to hit your targets rather than procrastinating and feeling like you’ve failed.

Dust yourself off and set some goals!

Miss Preston winner to fly to Mauritius?

Hot news off the press……….

Tourism Mauritius have agreed to support the Miss England Competition as a Sponsor for the second year running.

This means that the winner of Miss Preston could soon be jetting off on the holiday of a lifetime to the beautiful sunshine Island of Mauritius if she also goes on to pick up the Miss England Crown.

Miss England 2012, Charlotte Holmes, recently returned from Mauritius after having an incredible time…


Newly crowned Miss England Charlotte Holmes flew out to Mauritius the day after she won her crown to open the Mauritius Shopping Fiesta and appear in the Mauritius Carnival on behalf of the MTPA, the sponsors of Miss England 2012.


Charlotte’s 10 day trip was involved attending Mauritius Carnival


Tourism Mauritius


A fashion shoot on the beach at Le Tousserok


Tourism Mauritius


And a visit to a Mauritian school for special needs


Tourism Mauritius


Photo of Miss England by Sachin Sagar for the MTPA taken on the beach at LE Touesserok Mauritius swimwear by sandstorm


For your chance to holiday like a Super Star in Mauritius enter Miss Preston now by clicking on the box at the top of this page.

It’s Great Fun Fundraising for Beauty With A Purpose

Miss Preston finalist Dominique Harrison-Bentzen from Leyland, organised her charity event raising money for Beauty with a Purpose last week; a sponsored 5 mile walk through Leyland…wearing a rabbit onesy!

Beauty with a Purpose

The walk took place directly from Dominique’s house to Worden Park and back again.

Beauty with a Purpose

To raise awareness for the charity Dominique printed and wore signs;

“I wanted everyone to see why I was walking in a rabbit suit and to raise as much awareness for Beauty with a Purpose as I could! Some pedestrians stopped me and asked me more about what I was doing, this was a great chance to inform them about the charity and also to let them know about Miss Preston Guild!”

Beauty with a Purpose

“The walk was a really fun and enjoyable experience. It was a lovely sunny day which always makes things better!”

“I also had some great support from my friends and family and managed to raise £42″.

We all here at Miss England North West loved Dominique’s fun and easy way of raising money for Beauty with a Purpose… Well Done Dominique!!!

Miss England Charlotte Holmes Qualifies for Sports Round Final at Miss World

Earlier this week Miss England Charlotte Holmes underwent the Sports Eliminator round competing for Miss World and today found out she qualified for the Sports Final round that will take place later on today.

Charlotte Holmes

It was said that tensions were running high as the contestants competing for a place at the Miss World 2012 Sports Final warmed up for the first sports eliminator on Tuesday. A gruelling set of challenges awaited them, all overseen by our resident taskmaster, complete with whistle!

The ladies were divided into four groups as part of the Miss World team challenge. The six highest-scoring contestants from each group will qualify, and the final will see them compete in group challenges, as well as individual ones.

After a few warm up laps, the contestants faced their first challenge. Each contestant had to complete as many step-ups as possible within the allotted time, then sit ups, press ups, burpees and finally, lunges. Independent adjudicators counted each successful manoeuvre and these will now be tallied up to find the contestants going through.

Now that Charlotte has qualified she’ll undergo another sports round rumoured to be on track and field events… Good Luck Charlotte!

Extra Exciting News…

We all here at Miss England North West are looking forward for Charlotte coming home, hopefully with the crown! And are hoping to confirm Charlotte as a judge at Miss Preston!

Charlotte Update from Miss World

Here’s an update of some of the amazing things Charlottes been up to this week…

Peru and I ready for an exciting day at the dessert

What a view!


Ready for the shoot, my Mongolian costume

Everyone in their costumes

Me and my camel… Watson!

After our camel ride and costume shoot we went to visit the sand sculptures

Second Visit; The museum of the Canyon Desert. We all signed a welcome banner and had photos. We were greeted with scarves and sipped spirit on arrival!

We then went on the car/boats again to the Canyon desert… Iceland and I

The half moon lake

All the names of the people who have contributed to planting trees
at the lake.

A warm welcome from our new hosts at Seven Star Lake Resort

Ready for our welcome dinner

Charlotte Update from Miss World

Here’s a few recent snap shots from Charlotte…

Before we leave Shanghai we visit the Shanghai Tower

I’m so small!..

The best view yet


At the top

On the tram through the city… Australia, Iceland, England, Pu
Rico, Botswana, Turkey

So now we’ve moved from Shanghai to Changshu… Here we visit a
local village and got a warm welcome

Looks like Charlotte’s having an amazing time. We’ll keep you all up to date throughout Charlotte’s journey with another ‘Charlotte Update from Miss World’ soon!

Charlotte Update from Miss World

Quick Note from Charlotte…

” Off to Shanghai today… Very early start… Haven’t really slept but am very excited! Hope you enjoyed the photos from the opening ceremony night! It was a fantastic evening and the meal and reception afterwards was brilliant. Everyone in Ordos has been amazing. Now bring on shopping time in Shanghai”

Good Luck Charlotte

Everyone here at Miss England North West is wishing Charlotte Holmes the best of luck in Miss World 2012

Not long back from her trip to Mauritius, Miss England Charlotte Holmes is flying out to Ordos in China today to compete for Miss World.

This was Charlotte’s 3rd attempt at Miss England after a year out when she took part in Britain’s Next Top Model and came 4th

Miss World 2012 will be the 62nd edition of the Miss World pageant and is taking place on August 18th, in Dongsheng Fitness Centre Stadium, Ordos, China.

Miss World 2012 will be broadcast live from Ordos, Inner Mongolia to an audience in excess of one billion viewers in over 160 countries.

Good Luck Charlotte!!!

Miss England Charlotte Holmes Visits Mauritius

Newly crowned Miss England Charlotte Holmes flew out to Mauritius the day after she won her crown to open the Mauritius Shopping Fiesta and appear in the Mauritius Carnival on behalf of the MTPA, the sponsors of Miss England 2012.

Charlotte’s 10 day trip was involved attending Mauritius Carnival

A fashion shoot on the beach at Le Tousserok

And a visit to a Mauritian school for special needs

Photo of Miss England by Sachin Sagar for the MTPA taken on the beach at LE Touesserok Mauritius swimwear by sandstorm

See Miss England Charlotte Holmes Miss World Video

The newly crowned Miss England Charlotte Holmes recently filmed her Miss World Video.

This video is being shown on the Miss World website in the lead up to the 2012 finals.

To follow in her footsteps enter Miss Preston now by clicking on your age category above.

The video was directed by Arvind Mattadeen & produced by Hysteria Productions


The Dress Studio, Culceth to partner with Miss Preston

We are delighted to announce that The Dress Studio are one of our official Prize Sponsors for Miss Preston 2012.

We love them and they have generously supplied us with the following prizes.

For the 17-24 year old category;

- a £200 voucher for the winner
- a £75 voucher for the runner up
- a £50 voucher for 2nd runner up

These vouchers must all be used instore, not online. They are valid for purchases over £100.

For the 13-16 years old category;

- a £100 voucher for the winner
- a £50 voucher for the runner up
- a £25 voucher for 2nd runner up

These vouchers must be used instore. These are valid on purchases over £75 or more.

Some Advice from The Dress Studio

The Dress Studio team are beauty contest specialists and have many years of experience in the industry. They know how hard it is to find the perfect dress – especially as many girls have never competed in a competition like this before! The Dress Studio has over 600 dresses in stock and they are perfect for the different rounds in the Miss England North West competitions.

Evening Wear
This needs to be an elegant dress and the majority of girls wear a floor-length gown! Evening dresses at The Dress Studio start at just £45 and so, you do not need to spend a fortune finding the perfect dress!

Summer Wear
There are so many different options for the summer wear round. Most importantly, have fun with it! Don’t be scared that you will wear the wrong type of outfit – there is no ‘right or wrong!’ You need to choose something that makes you feel amazing; your confidence will then shine on stage & the judges will notice this!

The Dress Studio is an online boutique www.dress-studio.co.uk If you don’t want to buy your dress online, that is not a problem … you can visit The Dress Studio’s incredible store, where you will be surrounded by glitz, sparkles and stunning dresses!!

The Dress Studio is now open in Culcheth, Cheshire.It is located at The Warehouse Studios, Glaziers Lane, WA3 4AQ. The store is open on Tuesday’s (10-5), Wednesday’s (10-5), Thursday’s (10-7), Friday’s (10-5) and Saturday’s (10-5) and is conveniently located off the M62, in between Manchester and Liverpool.

We will be happy to help & advise you when choosing your dresses for Miss England
Feel free to give us a call on 01925 766258!

Hollie Does Lytham Proud at Miss England

Miss West Lancashire, Hollie Robinson, took part in the Miss England Finals earlier this week and was a credit to the area.

The Finals, consisting of 61 girls, were held over two days at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday.

Hollie took part in the Welcome Party, an Eco Fashion Show and Talent round on the Monday evening.

In the Eco Fashion Show the 61 girls had all created their own outfits from either recycled, re-used or ethically sourced materials.

On the Tuesday Hollie took part in the main event which consisted of an opening scene wearing a specially created Miss England Dress created by leading fashion designer Karen Karmody, an Evening Wear section and a Sports Wear Finale.

Hollie closely missed out on a Top 15 place in a fiercely contested Final.

Alize Lily Mounter was crowned Miss England in a ceremony which was streamed live online.

Hollie said of her experience;

“I was delighted to be given the opportunity to represent my home town Lytham on such a big occasion”

“It was an incredible experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life”

“I’ve made so many new friends from all over the country, all the girls were so lovely”

“I’m looking forward to the rest of my year as Miss West Lancashire now and hope to get involved with as many things in the area as possible”

To request Hollie to attend an event you can email mark@mdcevents.co.uk or find out more at www.missenglandnw.com

Shonagh Does Preston Proud at Miss England

Miss Preston, Shonagh Horgan, took part in the Miss England Finals earlier this week and was a credit to the area.

The Finals, consisting of 61 girls, were held over two days at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday.

Shonagh took part in the Welcome Party, an Eco Fashion Show and Talent round on the Monday evening.

In the Eco Fashion Show the 61 girls had all created their own outfits from either recycled, re-used or ethically sourced materials.

On the Tuesday Shonagh took part in the main event which consisted of an opening scene wearing a specially created Miss England Dress created by leading fashion designer Karen Karmody, an Evening Wear section and a Sports Wear Finale.

Shonagh closely missed out on a Top 15 place in a fiercely contested Final.

Alize Lily Mounter was crowned Miss England in a ceremony which was streamed live online.

Shonagh said of her experience;

“I was delighted to be given the opportunity to represent Preston on such a big occasion”

“It was an incredible experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life”

“I’ve made so many new friends from all over the country, all the girls were so lovely”

“I’m looking forward to the rest of my year as Miss Preston now and hope to get involved with as many things in the area as possible”

To request Shonagh to attend an event you can email mark@mdcevents.co.uk or find out more at www.misspreston.co.uk

Boot Camp

Miss Preston Runner Up, Hollie Robinson was put through her paces “Army Style” last Monday as part of her preparation for the Miss England Finals.

Hollie travelled down to the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham for the Miss England Sports Boot Camp Event.

Army Physical Training Instructors from www.regimentfitness.co.uk put all 61 finalists through a gruelling 2 hour fitness test.

The contestants took part in warm up exercises as well as Army Drills including Press Ups, Sit Ups, Burpies and Shuttle Runs.

The Top 20 contestants were then “rewarded” by taking part in one final test, the Army Bleep Test.

A running endurance test where the prize for the last girl standing was a fast track place in the Top 15 at the Miss England Final.

Hollie did magnificently well to make the final 20, as she suffers from asthma, but narrowly lost out to eventual Miss England Sportswoman award winner
Jade Williams (Miss Stratford Upon Avon).

Hollie said of the experience;

“It was a wonderful day and a great chance to meet all the other Finalists, all the girls were lovely “

“The Army Instructors didn’t go easy on us and it was a real tough test to take part in”

“Although completely exhausting, it was a fun day and I’ll definitely feel the effects tomorrow!”

Hollie now has 3 weeks to prepare for the Miss England Final on 19th July in Birmingham.

Miss Preston 2nd Runner-Up, Hollie Robinson in the Miss England Grand Final

Miss Preston Runner-Up, Hollie Robinson, competed in the Miss England Semi Finals at Champneys this week, Hollie competed against 54 other girls in attempt to gain a place in the Miss England grand final.

Hollie was awarded one of these place and will now go forward to the Miss England Final which is held at the Birmingham, Hilton Metropole July 18th and 19th! Congratulations to Hollie!

There were 5 different rounds at the Semi finals including the boot camp round, which replaced the old swimwear parade, interviews, talent round and the catwalk rounds where girls modeled their own ECOWEAR and Eveningwear. The eco round saw the girls wear outfits made from recycled materials, and outfits purchased from charity shops around the country. All the contestants took part in a fund raising challenge and raised an amazing figure of over £6,000 for the Beauty with a Purpose round. The top fund raiser was crowned the Beauty with a Purpose winner.
Four girls won Fast track places to the Miss England final were:

• 21 Georgina Denton / South East Beauty winner/Miss Hook was the Top fundraiser

• 03 Jenna Horgan / Miss Plymouth who was chosen as Miss Champneys

• 13 Amy Spinks / Miss Norwich who won the Sportswoman Award

• 55 Shiralee Gould / Miss Weymouth was the Public Vote Winner

Judges on the day included EGGHEADS STAR & Actor CJ De Mooi, the current Miss England Jessica Linley, Birmingham Model agent Alan Sharman; Philip Sharp Director of Great Lengths hair sponsors for Miss England, Editor of Love it! Magazine Jo Checkley, Dena Coleman former 70s beauty queen, her daughter Laura Coleman former Miss England 2008 and photographer Charlie Kaufman from the Fresh Academy. The judges on the day voted for a further ten girls to go forward to the national final . The ten girls were:

• 20 Amy Willerton / Miss Bath City

• 28 Alexandra Devine / Miss Harrogate & District

• 30 Roxanne Smith / Online Popularity Winner

• 31 Margarita Nazarenko / Miss South West London

• 36 Abbie Green / Miss Wigan

• 46 Katie Farr / Miss University

• 49 Sophie-Leigh Anderson / Miss Fylde Coast

• 52 Harriet Noakley / Miss Blackburn

• 54 Hannah Gray / Miss Newcastle

• 57 Hollie Robinson / Miss Preston Runner Up


The 14 girls who were awarded a place in the grand final will now join the other finalists to compete for the Miss England title. The Grand final will see 60 national finalist from all over the country participate in the finals of Miss England on 18th & 19th July which are being held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole at the NEC. One winner on the 19th will represent the nation at the 61st Miss World, which has a top prize of $100k which will take place in London.

Miss Preston Runner Up just misses out on a place in the final

Miss Preston runner up, Hannah Lloyd-Calam, competed in the Miss England Semi Finals at Champneys this week. Hannah competed against 54 other girls in attempt to gain a place in the Miss England grand final. Sadly, Hannah just missed out amongst very stiff competition.

Hannah completed the 5 different rounds that made up the semi finals, these included the boot camp round, interviews, talent round and the catwalk section where Hannah modelled her own eco-wear and eveningwear

Judges on the day included EGGHEADS STAR & Actor CJ De Mooi, the current Miss England Jessica Linley, Birmingham Model agent Alan Sharman; Philip Sharp Director of Great Lengths hair sponsors for Miss England, Editor of Love it! Magazine Jo Checkley, Dena Coleman former 70s beauty queen, her daughter Laura Coleman former Miss England 2008 and photographer Charlie Kaufman from the Fresh Academy.

Despite not being awarded a place in the grand final, Hannah thoroughly enjoyed her time at the semi finals.

Miss Preston Final

The Miss Preston 2011 Final took place earlier tonight.

A lively audience watched Miss Preston Final in aid of the Variety Club Children’s Charity at the Playhouse Theatre, Preston.

Girls from all over the area were vying to win the Miss Preston title and a place in the Miss England Final.

The girls took part in a 4 scene catwalk fashion show (Sports Wear, Summer Wear, Black Dress and Sparkles and Evening Wear) and glamorous awards ceremony.

All contestants had been busy fundraising over the past couple of months and raised a magnificent total for the Children’s Charity.

The judges for the evening were Charlotte Holmes from Britain’s Next Top Model, Vaughan Bailey Mr England and Star of Sky TV’s “The Hunks” and Miss England Director Angie Beasley as well as the Public Vote.

Preston Awards Results

Miss Popularity Preston (Public Vote)

Amy Noblett ,19, a PA from Penwortham

Miss Charity Preston (most funds raised for the Variety Club)
Elicia Walmsley ,18, a Solicitor’s Assistant from Penwortham, raised an incredible £1173

In an amazing twist and a first for a Miss England regional heat, because the result was so close, the Miss England Director decided to offer a place in the Miss England Semi Final next Monday to the two runners up.

3rd Place – Hollie Robinson ,19, Student from Lytham

2nd Place – Hannah Lloyd-Calam ,20, Student at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts from Preston

Winner of Miss Preston 2011 – Shonagh Horgan ,17,Dance Teacher and Waitress at Fusion Room, Preston

Shonagh’s prize package includes;

A £500 Portfolio Package from Yaffe Model, Part of Yaffe Fusion Art

A £200 handmade Swarovski Crystal Crown from Rebecca June Tiaras

£250 Cash

Her own website from Camm 21

Personal Coaching for the Miss England Final

For any further details or bookings can be requested through MDC Events Ltd on 0845 348 5011

Elicia Walmsley is Miss Charity Preston 2011

This year, contests of Miss Preston were dedicated to raising money for The Variety Club Childrens’ Charity, who help disabled and disadvantaged children. All contestants worked hard and enthusiastically to raise as much as they possibly could for the charity. The girl who raised the most would be awarded Miss Charity Preston, presented with a sash, award and a stunning watch from Delanicci Extreme.

Miss Charity Preston 2011 was awarded to Elicia Walmsley who raised an incredible £1173

Winner to Model for Yaffe

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of Miss Preston will be modelling for the renowned Yaffe Photography Company.

The winner of this year’s competition will receive a £500 Model Portfolio from Yaffe Model.

Yaffé Fusion Art have been producing award winning images since 1967.

Based in the famous Victorian village of Birkdale, Southport, the 22,000sq feet of studios regularly sees famous faces from the world of celebrity and sporting stars.

Although Yaffé Fusion Art have been creating stunning model portfolios for a long time, they have recently launched ‘Yaffé Model’ to help aspiring and already successful models achieve a better, stronger portfolio to further their career in the modelling industry.

Call Yaffe on 0844 251 0861 for enquiries and bookings.

You can find out more about them here www.yaffefusionart.com and www.facebook.com/YaffeModel

House of Time to Sponsor Variety Club Charity Award

Charitable watch makers to the Stars “House of Time” (incorporating Bellagio Time)have kindly agreed to boost the fundraising efforts of all of the finalists in Miss Preston by offering the girl who raises the most money for the Variety Club a stunning Delanicci Watch.

Every Finalist in this year’s competition is tasked to raise funds for the Variety Club, our nominated charity who look after disabled and disadvantaged children.

This year, as well as a stunning award and sash, our winner will also take away this stunning watch, the Delanicci Extreme.

Bellagio Time are renowned for making watches for the stars; from the big screen to on the football pitch, from Legends to up and coming sensations.

Starts who own Bellagio timepieces include; Sir Tom Jones, Richard Fleeshman, Tricia Penrose, Ryan Thomas, Don Felder, The Bee Gees, Nikki Sanderson and many more.

The Delanicci ‘Extreme’

Designed by Bellagio Time (Supporting Variety Club since 1995)

Features Include:
§ 13/4 inches wide stainless steel case.

§ Matching soft leather cuff straps.

§ Set with 204 sparkling stones.

§ Sparkling powder numbers.

§ Day and date sub dials.

§ Precision quartz movement.

§ Custom made ‘Flower Crown’

§ One year manufacturer’s guarantee.

§ Two years movement warranty.

§ Presented in a baby-pink travel jewellery case.

Own your own watch from House of Time by visiting the website here – www.houseoftime.com

New Prize added from Rebecca June Tiaras

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Rebecca June Tiaras, the official Designer of the Crowns for the North West Regional Heats of Miss England 2011

Each winner will receive a hand crafted Swarovski crystal crown designed and made by Rebecca June Tiaras (worth over £200)

Rebecca June Tiaras is a bespoke Tiara and jewellery design service for all occasions.

Click below to visit their website now.


07731 300 354

Miss England Visits Preston

Miss England Katrina Hodge dropped into Preston last Wednesday (10th February) to officially launch the search for Miss Preston 2010.

She had breakfast with Adam Catterall at Rock FM before taking part in his “How many, if any” feature. It involved Kat (a Lance Corporal in the Army), a paintball gun and a target on Adam’s person. You can see the video here.

Kat then took in some culture at the Harris Museum in City Centre.

Welcome to Miss Preston

Miss Preston is a direct entry heat into the Miss England competition. The winner of Miss Preston will, amongst other prizes, win a place in the Miss England Final where she will have a chance to go onto Miss World 2010 in Vietnam where the main prize is $100,000.

Much more than a beauty pageant or modelling competition, the organisers of Miss Preston are looking for an ambassador for the area. Someone well presented, confident and able to communicate are just some of the qualities that the judges will be looking for. Our winner will be actively encouraged to use their title to promote the area and raise the profile of many worthy causes throughout their year.

The Miss World motto is “Beauty with a Purpose” and this is something we fully subscribe to. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible for the Variety Club Children’s Charity through contestant fundraising and activities.
The winner could be an existing model, beauty pageant contestant or a complete newcomer. Many Miss England heat winners have won their heats with no prior experience. It could be you!

Applications are now being taken for the 2010 competition, simply click on the “Enter Now” button above.

Miss Preston is open to any girl who will be aged 17-24 on 31st December 2010 who was either born, has lived, works or studies in the Preston. Entrants must have never been married and have no children. Full rules are available in the “Enter Now” section.

Miss Preston website launched

Miss Preston is a direct entry heat into the Miss England competition. The winner of Miss Preston will, amongst other prizes, win a place in the Miss England Final where she will have a chance to go onto Miss World 2010 in Vietnam where the main prize is $100,000.
Much more than a beauty pageant or modelling competition, the organisers of Miss Preston are looking for an ambassador for the area. Someone well presented, confident and able to communicate are just some of the qualities that the judges will be looking for. Our winner will be actively encouraged to use their title to promote the area and raise the profile of many worthy causes throughout their year.
Keep checking back for more details and regular updates of the Miss Preston contest.