AN EVESHAM mum is hoping to make her baby son proud and raise cash for a children’s charity when she competes in a regional beauty pageant.
Nichola Brown, 26, is one of the finalists in Miss Midlands which is being held in Leicester on Thursday (August 7).
If successful then the proud mum to 14 month old Austin will progress to the Miss Great Britain finals to be held later this year.
Due to age limits, the contest is Nichola’s, known as Nix, last chance to be successful on the pageant stage but the kind-hearted mum hopes she will set a good example to her son.
“I think it is a great idea for girls to take an interest in the pageant world as not only are they fantastic fun, they allow girls to develop skills needed throughout life such as being able to deal with nerve racking situations.” Nix said.
“They are great for building confidence, nurturing ambition and absolutely full of positivity.”
“I am entering because it is important to me to set a good example to our baby Austin on how to get the most out of life.
“I am looking forward to representing our area at the contest as I believe throwing yourself out of your comfort zone and staying positive are the key to a happy life.
“I feel truly lucky and blessed.” she said.
The former St Egwin’s and Prince Henry’s High School pupil lived in Peterborough with her partner Matt Stanway and competed in Miss Peterborough in 2010.
But after the arrival of Austin in 2013, Nix and Matt moved back to the Vale and to St Matthews Close and have not looked back.
“We would like a similar happy childhood for Austin in this beautiful part of the country.” Nix said.
“I went to school in Evesham and have chosen to bring our baby up here as I have had a lovely childhood in this area and want the same for him.”
Nix’s bid for glory has been backed by two local businesses included Rubecco on Vale Park just outside the town centre.
And Gail Prendergast from Absolute Silver on Evesham Country Park has also ensured Nix will dazzle during the evening show
by loaning her hand-crafted jewellery for the event.
“I would like the opportunity to thank both for their generosity and for support, it’s wonderful to be supported by local businesses.”
Nix is raising money for the Rainbows Children’s and Young Persons Hospice which cares for youngsters with serious illnesses.
“They are totally dedicated to making lives happier. Rainbows is there for them and the people who look after them.” Nix added.
Visit www.justgiving.com/rainbows to make a donation to the charity.
Observer readers can vote for Nix by texting MISSMIDS (space) 31 to 64343, texts cost £1 plus one standard network message.
Nicola Brown with partner Matt Stanway and baby Austin. (s)