Portadown girl Hannah McLennan has been working wonders lately as a finalist in the nationwide Face of Northern Ireland competition.
The 13-year-old was crowned Miss Charity and Miss Congeniality at the contest’s grand finale last week - after she managed to raise an incredible £1,300 for a variety of charities.
Everyone we have come across has been so good to usJulie McBride
Hannah, who is currently in her second year at Clounagh Junior High School, was chosen as a teen finalist in the contest in April, and has been extremely busy ever since.
The main purpose of the competition is to fundraise for charity, and this year’s nominated organisations were Headway Brain Injury Association and local charity, Down’s & Proud.
Hannah did not waste time in throwing all of her energy into the task at hand, organising a craft fair in May and a Princess Party at the beginning of June. The first event raised £838 and was attended by Lord Mayor Darryn Causby, as well as a host of other special guests who enjoyed some delicious cupcakes made by Hannah’s mum, Julie.
Hannah’s Princess Party saw 25 little girls enjoying an afternoon dressed as their favourite princesses, and Portadown business Twinkle and Twist came along to ensure they were treated like royalty.
Aside from regal occasions, a sparkling new motorbike helmet was donated by the local Evolution Motor Works and signed by former NI motorbike racer Phillip McCallen.
The helmet was auctioned off for £100, raising Hannah’s total even further.
Hannah has received support from a host of local businesses - including Bottom Drawer and Bitty Button - and was also given a very special gift from Portadown boutique Sitara Morgan Fashion.
“Sitara Morgan sponsored Hannah with a dress for the competition finale,” shared Julie McBride, who has had all hands on deck throughout Hannah’s fundraising campaign.
“When we went to give it back, she let Hannah keep it! Everyone we have come across has been so good to us. The town has been so supportive. The contestants in the Face of Northern Ireland competition managed to raise £13,000 in total - and Hannah raised a whole tenth of that!”
With her two new titles, Miss Charity and Miss Congeniality, Hannah now gets to travel to Paris to represent Team NI - something her mum is very excited about:
“Hannah gets to go to Disneyland Paris in November - and I’m going with her!”