A ST Dogmaels teenager is hoping to be crowned Miss Inspiration UK when she takes part in the competition at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.

Seventeen-year-old Gemma Head is already Junior Miss Personality having won the title at the Britian’s Junior Miss event last year. Having caught the beauty pageant bug, there’s no stopping Gemma who hopes to inspire other youngsters.

“I enjoyed the last competition so much and I decided I wanted to do something similar this year too. I’m not expecting to win anything and going for fun but it would be nice to return home with the title,” said Gemma, who will be supported by her mum Lisa and the whole family at the event on Saturday (April 14).

Gemma had to send an application form and her photograph to the selectors. Having been accepted, she now has to prepare herself for the opening round of the competition where she will go through an interview process consisting of wearing a pink, purple or white dress in a catwalk type set-up.

Following this, she will go onto the inspirational wear round then the evening gown section where she could well be crowned Miss Teen Inspiration UK 2018.

“I really enjoy doing this type of thing. It gives you a confidence boost as well as having a lot of fun,” said Gemma.

“I also get to meet a lot of like-minded people and I hope very much to inspire other teenagers who have never done this type of thing before to give it a go!”

Gemma, will be raising money for Miss Inspirations UK’s chosen charity this year - Melody in Mind, and monies raised will go to help an 11-year-old girl with Rett Syndrome - a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops.

To raise money, Gemma will climb Snowdonia. She has also decided to share the money raised between the chosen charity and local lad Olly Giles, from Penparc who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.