A teenage girl from Warrington who witnessed the Ariana Grande Manchester bomb attack is embarking on a fund-raising campaign in memory of the victims after being crowned Miss Cheshire.
Rachael Woollam, 19, from, Stockton Heath, Warrington, has already been been raising money for Variety, a children’s charity to help improve the lives of disadvantaged or disabled children and now has lots of fundraising ideas to support “Hope house”, “Mind” and “We Love Manchester”.
Rachael, a former Bridgewater High School and Priestley College student said: “I was at the Ariana Grande attack and therefore I want to raise as much money as possible for these charities as Mind is a mental health charity, Hope House supports children with life long illnesses and also families who have lost a member of their famil and We Love Manchester, as that is the charity supporting people after the attack.
She is currently organising a charity abseil and hoping to get 35 people to join her in abseiling down Millers Dale Bridge in Buxton.
The Miss Cheshire Final was at the end of May.She was crowned Miss Cheshire at the end of May.
During the run up to the final she raised £350 for the charity “Variety” by climbing Snowdon, doing car boot sales, raffles, singing showcases and much more. She also did a lot of community work, especially with the homeless.
“I gave out around 10 meals to homeless people, donated clothes to the homeless shelters and to charity shops.”
At the final Rachael had to make a hand made/ recycled outfit based on the theme “this is me”.
“For this, I based mine around the Manchester Bee, to show respect for the people that passed at the Ariana concert.”
This was part a four scene cat walk with outfits being a Variety T shirt and jeans, a black sparkles outfit, evening/ prom wear and eco wear.
Rachael says entered the competition to improve her self-confidence and to embrace the empowerment of other women.
She added: “I want to become a role model for younger children and help improve the community.”