Alongside each of these blogs I want to write about a variety of different topics, talking about my passions and interests, to supporting and helping to promote my hometown of Bishop Auckland and the businesses there.
But I also want to recognise local people with it too.
So let me introduce you all to Francesca, who lives and runs her own business in Darlington.
For me, she’s a good friend too, forever supportive, loyal and caring, and I’m lucky to know her.
So how did Miss England come about?
Francesca was spotted on a recent holiday and was asked to apply, and since then, she has gone on to become a quarter-finalist within this year’s competition.
Miss England is a fantastic opportunity to become that all important role model to today’s younger generation and society, and isn’t just associated as a stereotypical beauty pageant any longer, as it promotes strength of character, independence and inner beauty.
And Francesca is no different as she sees this as a fantastic opportunity to make that all important difference to use the competition as a platform to address key matters close to her heart, such as poverty.
Through her successful business QSR Cleaning Specialists in Darlington which she formed in 2015, she has actively recognised this and employs local people above minimum wage.
In regards to Miss England, Francesca has said she had no idea how she got here but knows she has a lot to give, “the competition isn’t just about a pretty face, it’s about substance, and I know with my experiences and confidence I have the ability to make a difference.”
She followed up by saying “I have never done anything like this before, but I’m proud of getting this far.”
Before QSR Cleaning Specialists, Francesca gained a degree from her studies for a law at Liverpool University.
All the while giving back to society by volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau helping less fortunate and homeless people gain the help and information they duly needed.
She also spent a period of time working in Spain for the European Commission.
She aims to record and submit a video surrounding personal growth and business strategy, and how this can be used to strengthen society and local communities.
As her friend I’m immensely proud of her, as we all are, here she is representing the local area, putting in her case Darlington, but once again the North East back on the map.
And it’s time to rally around and help a local enterprising woman get into the final stages of the competition that will be judged in June.
To hear more about Francesca’s bid to qualify for the Miss England final, she will be appearing on Bishop FM tomorrow morning from 11.00am to talk live about the competition and what she hopes to achieve.
To hear Francesca’s on air interview with Bishop FM yesterday please click on the attached link.
Voting closes on Wednesday 17th May, and Francesca needs your support, to vote please text MISS SEMI04 to 63333, costs 50 pence per text, each text registers one vote.
For more information or to follow Francesca’s progress please visit: http://www.missengland.info/regionals/semi-heat-5