All Saints’ Academy Sixth Form student Savannah Williams, 17, entered the Miss Bristol competition in March, she went on to win Miss Popularity after receiving an impressive number of votes from the general public. Savannah plans to use her new title to promote and fundraise for charities in Bristol and Cheltenham. For winning Miss Popularity at the Miss Bristol competition Savannah also gains another opportunity to be put through to Miss England. The next heat is at the Sanctuary Workshop in Leicester on 18th June.
Savannah said ‘My hairdresser recommended I apply for Miss Bristol as the hair salon supported the competition. I visit Bristol often as my sister has spinal scoliosis so is treated by a specialist at the Bristol Frenchay Hospital. She is the youngest case they have ever had at the young age of 6. I plan to do fundraising for the hospital as a thank you for all their brilliant work.’
‘The regional competition was very busy. There was a lot of competition from girls with modelling and pageant experience. I was the youngest entry and was overwhelmed when I won Miss Popularity.’
Part of the Miss Bristol regional competition involved entrees producing a dress made from recycled materials. Savannah wanted to represent Bristol and decided to make a dress made completely from copies of the Bristol Post. She papier-mâchéd the top part to make it sturdy and then attached paper for the skirt. Although she didn’t win the ‘Miss Eco’ round her dress certainly stood out from the crowd.
Savannah said ‘I plan to raise money for charities based in Bristol as well as Battledown Children’s Centre in Cheltenham. The Children’s Centre is a fantastic sanctuary for children with disabilities and special needs. I did a work placement there for my Health and Social Care BTEC and I will be helping out on Fridays from next week, with helping the children to swim.The whole competition has opened up so many new opportunities that I never thought I would have. The experience as a whole has certainly improved my confidence and raised my self-esteem.’
Savannah is running a family fun day fundraising event at All Saints' Academy for ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ the charity associated with Miss World. The charity raises money for children’s charities such as Variety. The event is being held on Saturday 28th May. If you would like to find out more about this event please email Savannah on: firstname.lastname@example.org