So Sunday I was the first wheelchair user to do a British Pageant as a finalist in Miss Bristol and although I am not writing this to tell you that I was crowned; I certainly think I achieved a lot.
The support I had from friends, family and strangers in the lead up to the event and on the night is what was constantly reminding me of why I was doing it. I was doing it to show people that you can't be defined by your "disabilities" or whatever it is about you that you think means you can't do things like this, because you can ... if you believe in yourself. As cliche as that may sound; its true.
All the other contestants were lovely and made me feel so confident in a place very much outside of my comfort zone. 99% of those sat around the catwalk didn't know I was in a wheelchair and I wasn't too sure how they would take that. But I got a very warm welcome and cheers/claps the whole night which only helped.
So now that I have done this, and it did get such a good response, I need to keep the ball rolling and I have a few ideas as to how. But for now, you and I, need to wait and see! As soon as I have heard back from a few different things I will be sure to let you know.
In the mean time, I am going to make a birthday cake and Easter treats too, but you can see what Glos Live had to say about the whole thing here: