A RUSHDEN girl is celebrating after becoming a semi-finalist in the National Pageant of Miss Teen Great Britain.
Francesca Tarbox has also been named first runner-up in the Miss Elegance 2020 pageant.
She said: “This is a great honour and boost to my confidence going into – hopefully – the Grand Final of The Miss Teen Great Britain pageant.
“Last year, I was proud to be awarded the title of Miss Teen Northamptonshire 2019/20 and given the opportunity to compete in the glamorous Grand Final of the Miss Teen Great Britain pageant in Blackpool with other young girls from around the country.
“As last years competition was such a positive, wonderful experience I hope to repeat my accomplishment and reach the Grand Final again.
“Like many people I had misconceptions of pageants but these were quickly changed when I met some of the most wonderful young women from all over the country, who had come together to promote confidence, friendship and kindness.
“I have always been a very shy girl and on many occasions in the past my anxiety has got the better of me however, when I was on the stage with my new friends by my side, I felt so at ease and the most confident I have ever been.
“Proudly saying my name and that I am Miss Teen Northamptonshire was an amazing feeling.”
She said that leading up to the pageant she also raised funds for Together for Short Lives, a children’s hospice charity, which all finalists raised almost £70,000.
She said: “I have the honour of working again this year with the charity.
“And I am planning lots of events including Party in the Park, afternoon teas, fun runs and hopefully many more.
“I will be making public appearances and visiting local hospices, hospitals and care homes in Northamptonshire to raise awareness of these facilities and I welcome invitations from other group and clubs.
“My course at Tresham Kettering is going really well and opening career opportunities for me.”
She said she aimed to continue fundraising for Together For Short Lives and being a positive role model for young girls anmd women.