Emma Bakes introduces herself...
Supporting local charities is “so important” to Emma Bakes.
She’s Grimsby’s Miss Charity Queen 2016, having been crowned at the recent Miss Grimsby contest, and is determined to use her title to make a difference.
Emma, 23, raised more than £1,000 in four weeks during the contest, half of which was donated to the hospice - and she has pledged to continue supporting us. Only last week, she took part in our Midnight Sparkle Walk.
Here’s a little about herself, in her own words…
“I went to primary school at South Parade and my secondary school was Hereford Technology School.
“I wasn't all that academic and I would say I was probably one of the quieter students. This being said, as the years at school passed by, I did find my feet and became more confident.
“I then went to Immingham Sixth Form, where I studied hairdressing and beauty therapy. This is where I truly found something I was good at and confident in. Doing hair and beauty meant throwing myself in at the deep end and I had to become confident in social situations.
“It was the best thing I ever did as I am such a huge people person now. Friends and family cannot believe how much my confidence has grown.
“After working in a few salons for a couple of years to gain experience, I decided to start up my own hair and beauty business, called Cinders. I did this at the age of 21. This is what I am still currently doing and I am so very grateful for how successful it is. I absolutely love it and would definitely not call it a job. It's an absolute pleasure to do.
“I have only a few hobbies due to my time being taken up by other things, but these include cycling for fitness and definitely shopping; I am a true girly girl.
“When I won Miss Charity Queen, I was over the moon. I worked so hard to raise as much money as possible, but this would not have happened without the support from my friends, family and clients. They all donated things for me to sell at car boots and some people even donated just for support, as the hospice was such a great cause.
“I am truly honoured to have this title for the next year and I promise to continue my work. Supporting charity is so important to me; it really does open my eyes to how many great people are out there.
“Most people are so very generous and supportive, which is a great feeling. We all know of someone who is in need or have had help from a charitable organisation. If I can make a difference to just one person’s life, then there is no better reward than that.
“I strongly believe everyone should have this outlook. Without people's generosity and time, there would be no charity, so with that in mind I will gladly help whenever I can. We never know when we ourselves will need that help returned.”