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Beauty pageant place helping Madison highlight mental health

Beauty pageant place helping Madison highlight mental health

Lower sixth performing arts student Madison Willacy is treading the boards of a different kind this weekend in the regional heats of the Miss England beauty pageant.

The St Annes youngster is aiming to reach the Miss England final when she competes in the north west regional heat at the Mechanics Theatre in Burnley.

Madison’s aim is to use the event to highlight young people’s mental health and the work of the mental health charity Papyrus, founded in 1997 by Jean Kerr after the suicide of her son.

“A girl I used to dance with, her friend committed suicide, and I really want to highlight the issue of mental health in young people and create more awareness that there is help out there,” said Maddie, 16. 

“From the regional heats, ten will go through to the finals for the Miss England competition. I’ve competed in pageants when I was younger and I thought this was a good way to highlight mental health issues as well.”

Maddie is currently studying musical theatre and performing arts at the sixth form and is also a teacher and performer at Lytham Academy of Performing Arts. She recently performed in the Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company’s 42nd Street musical show at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. If you would like to vote for Madison, the public vote is collected prior to the event on Sunday. You can text NORTH27 to 63333.