Schoolgirls organise beauty pageant with a difference

West Craven High School year 10 students Jasmine Cooper (15) and Megan Holden (15) who are organising a beauty pageant but with the boys dressed up as women in memory of Jasmine's mum Michelle who died from cancer in January.

West Craven High School year 10 students Jasmine Cooper (15) and Megan Holden (15) who are organising a beauty pageant but with the boys dressed up as women in memory of Jasmine's mum Michelle who died from cancer in January.

  • Schoolgirls organise charity beauty pageant
  • Jasmine Cooper lost her mum to cancer in January
  • Extravaganza to thank Pendleside Hospice for care and support
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Two West Craven schoolgirls are organising a charity beauty pageant with a difference.

And it will bring an entirely new meaning to the phrase “well-heeled gentlemen”.

Michelle Morley. (S)

Michelle Morley. (S)

The beauty pageant where boys will become women for one night only is planned for May.

It is the idea of Year 10 pupils Jasmine Cooper and Megan Holden (both 15) who are hoping to raise as much money as possible for Pendleside Hospice.

Jasmine lost her mum Michelle Morley, landlady of the Punch Bowl in Earby, to cancer in January and has been wanting to give something back to the hospice for its care of her and support for the family.

The extravaganza has the full backing of her sister Georgia (11), a Year 7 pupil at West Craven, and the event will see a hairdresser and make-up artist coming in to make sure the boys are looking at their cross-dressed best.

It’s something different, something the people can have a laugh at and not be too serious about.

Jasmine Cooper

Jasmine said: “It’s something different, something the people can have a laugh at and not be too serious about.

“We’ve got 60 boys from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and a few teachers are signed up too.

“Mr Curson is one of them and he does everything he can for charity. Maybe he enjoys dressing up in heels!

“When people see that their friends are doing it, I think we will get more signed up.

“My mum did lots of fund-raisers for charity when she was at the Punch Bowl.

“One we did for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance raised up to £4,000. She just loved fund-raising.

“She went into Pendleside Hospice on Boxing Day but unfortunately never came out.

“They have done so much for myself and my sister to get through things, we still see them now. They have been amazing.”

Judging will be done by three female teachers and will be based on enthusiasm for the role.

The event will take place on Friday, May 8th, in the Main Hall at West Craven High School. Starting at 7pm, doors will open at 6-30pm.

With the help of the PTA, refreshments will be available and there will be a bake sale. For tickets at £2 each, email Jasmine.cooper4@hotmail.com or call 07572 687993.