The funds, which were raised by Miss England 2014 contestants on behalf of Beauty with a Purpose, were presented to Coram CEO, Dr Carol Homden CBE, by Miss World Chairwoman Mrs Julia Morley, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Cambridge-born Miss England 2014 Carina Tyrrell and Cardiff-born Miss Wales 2014 Alice Ford. The partnership will help Coram to support more vulnerable children and young people and spread the word about its vital work.
Miss World, Miss England, Miss Wales and Julia Morley were given a tour of Coram’s campus, met young people who’ve benefited from its Housing and Youth Support service and sat in on a fun session run by Coram Life Education, a programme which helps children and young people throughout the UK make healthy and positive life choices.
Julia Morley coined the phrase ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ as her vision for a platform for young women to use their talents to help those less fortunate than themselves. Since its inception Beauty With A Purpose has had a significant impact in improving the lives of the disadvantaged in over 100 countries with funds raised now exceeding 1 billion dollars.
Carina Tyrrell, Miss England 2014, spoke of how much she enjoyed her visit: “Being a student doctor, I am aware of how important it is to help children realise their potential. Coram makes such a difference, the work they do is fantastic and helps young people develop so that they can lead full lives.”
Coram CEO, Dr Carol Homden CBE, said: “It is thrilling to see such impressive young ambassadors striving to make a difference to other young people in the world. The funding, which has been so generously donated to Coram through Beauty With A Purpose is going to make an enormous difference to Coram. It is enough to enable us to reach greater numbers of children and young people with our survival pack scheme which offers a range of essential support.”
Julia Morley, Chairwoman of Miss World Organisation, said: “I am delighted to announce my support for the Coram cause, it’s a charity close to my heart and I look forward to us working together. Coram is important in its strategic work and how it fights for young people. I believe the survival packs which Coram has developed will give the youngsters their right to a happier future and also to help to keep them safe.”
Children from a local nursery climbed aboard the Coram Life Education mobile classroom for a lesson in healthy living. One three-year old boy said “I learned about brushing our teeth and keeping clean with soap and a cloth.”