Charity champion Emily recognised at Miss Beds awards

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A Greenleas Lower School teaching assistant has been named Miss Charity Bedfordshire for the second time after raising more than £850 for a children’s charity.

Emily Grace Batchelor, of Heath Road, was also awarded the title in 2009 after she supported Aspire, a charity for people with spinal injuries, to the tune of more than £1,000. This year, the finalists were fundraising for Variety, which supports sick, disabled and disadvantaged children all over the UK.

Emily, 23, said: “I was absolutely thrilled. It was really good fun and lots of hard work because of all the rehearsals we had to do beforehand. All the girls were lovely and I went to school with the winner so I was really pleased for her.”

“I thought it was a fantastic cause, and especially as I’m a special needs teaching assistant myself I was very passionate about it.”

Emily wished to thank Luigi Esposito and the Michael Di Meo salon for their help fundraising and styling her hair for the final as well as the company ProEconomy, who made the largest single donation outside her family of £100.

Jasmine Chavda, a psychology teacher from Dunstable, was crowned Miss Bedfordshire.