Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest organiser Trish Mapletoft looks back on a busy first four months for Jessica Boot

Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest Jessica Boot has had a busy four months since winning the crown.
Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest Jessica Boot has had a busy four months since winning the crown.

What a fabulous four months it has been since we crowned our new Miss Mansfield & Sherwood Forest 2014/15, Jessica Boot.

Each year the Miss Mansfield programme focuses on a charity chosen by the winner - and so far we are delighted to have raised more than £20,000 over the last eight years.

Well, I’m sure you will agree it’s been a very productive first four months for Jessica. Keep up the good work young lady, we are really proud of you!

Trish Mapletoft

Jessica chose a worldwide charity ‘Women Kind’, focusing on fundamental female right, to champion during her year as Miss Mansfield.

She had a great start just eight weeks into her reign with a chance meeting at an awards night for our main sponsor - The Beauty Chain - where she met the UK Director of her charity, Farah Rose.

There, an auction of sporting memorabilia saw the staff from The Beauty Chain and motorhomedepot.com raise a £1,113 for the charity.

With the money raised from her first self-organised event ‘Disney Princess Frozen Tea Party’ for little women, Jessica and her 140-plus guests raised a superb £560 - bringing her total for ‘Women Kind’ before Christmas to just under £2,000

Over the next eight months, we will be working on several events with Jessica - concluding with her charity ball in September at Portland Collage.

With our ambassador programme going from strength to strength, we are constantly working with local businesses and charities in and around our area to help promote and show our support.

A very busy Christmas period of parties and functions saw Jessica attend fundraising events as well as help out Mansfield Rotary Club with its Santa’s sleigh collections.

January saw her visiting one of our local charities, The Cornwater Club OAP’s befriending charity in Ravenshead, where she put her fabulous vocals and guitar playing to good use with a full hour singalong with service users.

While working on her musical theatre and university interviews, Jessica still finds time to attend charity events throughout our town.

Most recently Jessica and the Miss Mansfield promotions team attended a Mansfield Town game courtesy of our sponsor Acorn Signs. It was a great night and the Stags won!

There was another great night at the Debdale Sports Club in Mansfield Woodhouse, where a race night took place in aid of a great new local charity, the Princess Evie’s Trust. The night was organised by Amanda and Rob Jones and their voluntary team, along with the staff and management at Debdale Sports complex. An amazing £1,788 was raised.

Finally, Saturday 21st February saw Jessica on stage at the 40th Junior Showtime final supporting the fabulous youngsters during their performances and helping the Rotarians with the prize giving. Congratulations to the winner James Morgan.

Well, I’m sure you will agree it’s been a very productive first four months for Jessica. Keep up the good work young lady, we are really proud of you!

Check out our future updates at chad.co.uk to find out what we have been upto and our plans for the coming months.