17 year old Megan Fenwick from North Staffordshire has spent much of the last year in the limelight; firstly being crowned Miss Staffordshire in July 2018, and following that incredible accomplishment, finishing in the top 5 in the Miss England contest.
Representing the county, she now turns her attention to fundraising for local hospice Dougie Mac, which Megan believes is the ‘heart of Staffordshire.’
“Growing up in the area, and being a big fan of the local radio stations which would frequently talk about the hospice, I have always known how valued Dougie Mac is to the people of Staffordshire.
“For the last six months, thanks to Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford, I have been collecting for Dougie Mac and Beauty with a Purpose, the Miss World charity which participates in humanitarian projects across the world to aid disadvantaged children, in the foyer before all their performances.
“I’m also really excited to be taking on a Snowden trek in April with my mum and 20 other ladies. The challenge will see all of us collecting sponsorship to fund care at the hospice through its many services.
“In addition, I’ll be taking part in Dougie Mac events throughout the year including the Moonlight Walk in July and I am really looking forward to kicking off the event and cutting the ribbon for hundreds of walkers to commence the walk.”
Megan, who has been a keen ballerina from a young age and studies at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester, was spurred on to pursue a path in talent shows after Miss Staffordshire organiser and ‘To the Nines’ boutique owner Joanne Clay, asked her to model in a promotional catwalk show. After seeing Megan’s beauty and natural flair on the catwalk, she persuaded her to consider applying for the Miss Staffordshire competition.
Initially apprehensive, Megan decided to register and set to work on fundraising, an important factor for any successful pageant participant.
“I raised money for Fresh Hair Salon and Wellbeing Facility based in Royal Stoke University Hospital; a charity that aims to make patients feel more comfortable with their appearance after undergoing treatment. Thanks to friends and family attending a Bingo Night I organised, I raised over £400 for the charity which is very close to my heart since it was founded by a close family friend.”
Just 16 years of age at the time, Megan pipped 16 other girls to the winning post and was automatically entered into Miss England 2018 where she then went on to finish in 5th place, out of 22,000 initial applicants! Megan was the youngest contestant to have made it to the top 5 in 65 years. In addition, she also bagged the Miss Talent prize through her extraordinary ballet performance which means Megan will be traveling to Sri Lanka in May 2019 along with other prize winning contestants from the contest.
“Beauty pageants are less about beauty and more about helping important causes” said Megan.
“For me, doing everything I can to support Dougie Mac is so important as it’s a charity that has touched the hearts of most people in Staffordshire. It performs a vital role in providing incredible care to families facing life-limiting illnesses and I want to do all that I can to promote awareness of the cause and to raise funds to allow it to continue its amazing work.”
Donna Adams, Head of Lottery and Fundraising, commented:
“We’re delighted that Megan has opted to fundraise for Dougie Mac in her capacity as Miss Staffordshire.
“Her support is truly remarkable as Megan has dedicated a lot of time and effort to fundraise for us and will help to ensure that the hospice can keep delivering excellent care to people approaching end of life across North Staffordshire.
“We at Dougie Mac wish Megan the very best for the future.”