Sale woman Heather Gaulton makes it to the finals of Miss Greater Manchester

Heather Gaulton, 25, from Sale, has reached the final of Miss Greater Manchester.

This is the first year Greater Manchester has been its own unique category in Miss Manchester, and the winner, announced at the final on 5 September, will automatically qualify for the Miss England final.

Heather, who has lived in Sale her life, needs the Trafford community to get behind her and vote for her by text MISS GMCR15 to 63333 texts cost 50p. You can also view Heather’s profile, read more about her and vote online at https://missmanchesterofficial.co.uk/portfolio/heather-gaulton/

Heather says: “I love Greater Manchester and I would be beyond proud to represent what I think is the greatest city in the world! More than that, I want to represent ambitious women and be a positive role model for girls and young women.”

Heather was scouted for the Miss Greater Manchester competition whilst dancing at a club on a night out with her girlfriends. She explains: “I was completely surprised and shocked, as I would never have thought of doing something like this. But the more a looked into the competition, the more interested I became..

“This isn’t just a beauty pageant. The competition has many components and we have to demonstrate our interests, ambition, personality and beliefs.

“There is a naked beauty round, where we have to remove all our makeup, there is no size restrictions for entries and we even have to design and create an eco-friendly dress.

“For me, this is all about girl power, body positivity and being real women. To win would give me such a huge platform to promote women supporting women.”

As part of her campaign, Heather has chosen to support two charities that are close to her heart. She has been collecting toiletries, sanitary products and makeup for ‘Elle for Elle’, a charity that supports fleeing victims of domestic abuse. Heather says: “This charity is even more important during the current crisis, as domestic abuse has been exasperated during lockdown.

“Most women who use a refuge often arrive with young children and with no belongings.”

The second charity she is supporting is ‘One Woman at a Time’. Heather has already raised over £800 and has just returned from a further fundraising challenge of climbing up Snowdon, all 1085 metres! Heather says: “Climbing Snowdon was an unforgettable experience. It was stunning. It was really tough at times but I dug deep, as I’m passionate about this charity and the essential work they do. ‘One Woman at a Time’ helps young girls and women across the UK, India and Kenya who are currently suffering in forced marriages, female genital mutilation and domestic abuse. I am very committed about these organisations; I want to help change the world and help all women to embrace who they are and define their own future.”

Heather works locally as Trafford Leisure’s Marketing Content & Campaign Manager, based in Altrincham. Heather has worked for Trafford Leisure since she was 16 years old, when she started her career as a lifeguard whilst studying at Ashton on Mersey School Sixth Form. Heather says: “Physical activity is extremely important to me and I love working in the health and fitness sector. Trafford Leisure have supported and progressed my career, as well as funded my training. My work allows me to help people of all ages to understand the physical and mental benefits of exercise. Exercise is the miracle cure that we’ve always had.

Heather is being sponsored for Miss Greater Manchester by local business, G P Fabrications Limited, which specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of mezzanine floors and structural steelwork.

Cheryl Broadfoot, Director of Miss Manchester, says: “Miss Manchester is all about female empowerment and wellness. Miss Manchester truly has to earn her crown! Gone are the days of bikini rounds, we want our women to show their true strength and confidence, their real beauty, both inside and out. They need to be able to communicate and listen. They need to feel empathy and understand the responsibility of winning and help celebrate all women across the world.”

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