Miss Rutland 2015 entrants aim to help Rainbows hospice charity

Miss Rutland 2015 entrant Emma Maskery, 23, from Stamford, is auctioning an afternoon with her sister Kay Hughes, 25, from Ryhall (pictured) to raise money for Rainbows Hospice For Children and Young People. EMN-150605-110616001
Miss Rutland 2015 entrant Emma Maskery, 23, from Stamford, is auctioning an afternoon with her sister Kay Hughes, 25, from Ryhall (pictured) to raise money for Rainbows Hospice For Children and Young People. EMN-150605-110616001
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Contestants in this year’s Miss Rutland competition have come up with a range of ways to help raise money.

The competition, now in its second year, will take place on July 4 at Rutland Water Golf Course.

Nikita Azzopardi, from Stamford, is taking part in Miss Rutland 2015. EMN-150705-143203001

Nikita Azzopardi, from Stamford, is taking part in Miss Rutland 2015. EMN-150705-143203001

This year organisers have chosen to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. And contestants are trying their hardest to come up with ways of supporting the charity and boost their chances in the competition.

Two of last year’s finalists have already started raising money. Emma Maskery, 23, from Stamford, has persuaded her sister Kay Hughes, 25, from Ryhall, to put herself up for auction.

Emma suffers from a heart condition so can’t do physical challenges. She said: “The idea popped into my head to auction my sister. She’s had a bit of a rough time recently and she’s my absolute idol. I want nothing more than for her to be happy.

“I’m not selling her as a date, but just for the highest bidder to take her out for a few hours, buy her some lunch and make her smile.”

Kay is a tattooist and has offered a free 4in by 4in tattoo to the highest bidder. The current bid is £125 and the auction closes at midday on May 24. People can e-mail their name, bid and contact details to emmahughes1991@hotmail.com.

Nikita Azzopardi, 20, from Stamford, is taking on a 12-hour hike on May 27. She will also sleep rough for a night to raise awareness and money on May 18.

She said: “The challenges last year were amazing and I really discovered my confidence. The girls were incredible too.”

Sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/nikita-azzopardi.

○ Entries are now open for the 2015 Miss Rutland pageant.

Contestants must be aged between 18 and 27 on September 1, 2015.

They must have a British Passport; can be married and have children; must not have posed nude or topless for any publications or websites; may compete in another national competition in the same year but must not have won another regional, national or international in that time; must be from or live within 50 miles of Rutland; and must have nothing in their background that would bring the Miss Great Britain/Miss Rutland competition into any disrepute. Visit www.missrutland.co.uk to enter.