Busy summer for Courtney

IT HAS been a busy year for Thurrock beauty queen, Courtney-Lee Collins.

So we thought we would ask, her community-minded mother Wendy to tell us how the last few months have been.

“Courtney has been very busy. Previously Courtney-Lee has been involved in fund raising for Essex Air Ambulance, Treetops School twice, Follow Your Dreams twice, Puffin Ward at Basildon Hospital, St Luke’s Hospice twice and Clik Sargent.

“Courtney-Lee has very recently started to enter pageants and as a result of one was awarded North London’s Dazzling Beauty teen 2013. Within this role she was invited to meet The Mayor of Thurrock recently and awarded a lovely glass plaque for her fund raising efforts.

Over the last few weeks Courtney-Lee has successfully run two online photo pageants for boys and girls. She built her own websites, did her own advertising and arranged prizes, of sashes, tiaras, certificates etc, I am proud to say she raised £200. This money is being split between Follow Your Dreams and The Sodje Sports Foundation.

At the same time Courtney-Lee ran a lucky numbers game for local people. She managed to advertise this, sell the numbers to people and contact/visit local business owners seeking prize donations. These efforts resulted in prizes from Harvester Restaurants, Spur Steak and Grill, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Millie’s Cookies, a photo shoot, various jewellery items, show tickets, cup cakes and much more. Courtney’s Lucky Numbers raised £111, to be split between The British Heart Foundation and Basildon Hospital’s Polly Parrot fundraising appeal.

It has also been agreed by Basildon Hospital (we are waiting or a date to be arranged) that Courtney-Lee will visit the children’s ward in ball gown and tiara to let the patients meet a ‘princess’. She is really looking forward to this and is hoping to take up the hospital’s offer to help with further fund raising on their appeal.

Courtney-Lee recently appeared with the cast of TOPS at the Thameside Theatre as a dancer In Calamity Jane. I attended opening night tonight and the show was amazing. They have a fantastic cast and Director Ann Sullivan always puts together an outstanding show.

“This is Courtney-Lee’s fourth production with TOPS and as well as being a great confidence booster, she’s learnt a lot from Ann and her crew. Courtney has recently auditioned for a part in Pirates of Penzance, the first production from the newly launched TOPS kids. A show with the entire cast being under 16. She is also auditioning next week for a part in Thoroughly Modern Millie, whose rehearsals will run alongside the ones for Pirates of Penzance.

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