A teenager who has overcome struggles with her mental health fears her dream to take part in a Florida beauty pageant will be dashed.
Ella Collins-Godden, of Williams Road, Shoreham, won the title of Royal International Miss UK Teen last July and is due to represent the UK in the teen division of the international finals next week.
But with just days before she leaves on Wednesday (July 5), four financial sponsors, who had offered to contribute towards hotels, food, hair and make-up costs, withdrew for unknown reasons – leaving the 17-year-old’s pageant fund short of £500.
Ella said: “I’ve worked so hard for this.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
She is now asking for help from local businesses and individuals to help cover these extra costs.
Her mother, Sara Collins, said: “Ella continues to inspire and amaze me –coping with her own demons, running a mental health organisation, volunteering, raising money for various charities.
“She deserves to represent her country and fulfil her pageant dreams.”
For the pageant, each delegate has to prove themselves to be ‘a positive role model in the community’.
Ella will use her platform to promote mental health awareness for young people and adolescents.
To fund Ella, visit: www.gofundme.com