Burnley has been shining in the spotlight in an international pageant, thanks to the talent and efforts of two little girls.
Lamissah La-Shontae Bhatti and Jessica Fay represented their home town and the UK in the Face of the Globe international pageant in Paris. And both walked away with titles to their names.
Lamissah, who is seven, was named a Mini Second Princess and first in the People’s Choice Award, clocking an incredible 6,000 votes online by pageant fans. Jessica claimed the title of Mini Miss Publicity for her sterling efforts in raising the grand total of £550 for the Rainbow Children’s Foundation which is supported by the pageant and raises money for underprivileged children globally. The glittering event, held at Disneyland, Paris, attracts competitors from all over the world and Lamissah and Jessica had to work hard for their places.
Lamissah’s proud mum, Zohra, of Throstle Close, Burnley, said: “Lamissah loved every minute of the competition, it was such a thrill and honour to be there.
“But for her the biggest part of it is all the money that is being raised for children all over the world. She loves that part and says it gives her a warm feeling in her tummy.’’
To date Lamissah has raised £610 for the Rainbow Foundation but she has also raised hundreds of pounds for other charities including Diabetes UK and she is the UK’s youngest fund-raiser for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has encouraged her classmates at Ightenhill Primary School to join her fund-raising efforts and has held dozens of events including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, charity fun day and sponsored walk.
Jessica, who lives in the Brunshaw area, is now thriving after contracting the deadly meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia when she was just three months old. A talented little actress, television viewers will have seen her in the recent Hallowe’en themed Better Bathrooms advertisement which she appeared in with her little brother Denver. Part of Jessica’s fund-raising efforts was to donate £107 of her money she has earned herself from her modelling and acting. Jessica is now making plans to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation and also Meningitis Research.