SHE’S been crowned Miss Hampshire – and now Channon Kail wants to use her success to make a difference.
The 20-year-old, of Paulsgrove, couldn’t believe it after winning the beauty pageant prize.
I think I would like to act as an example for those who have suffered from depression as I did. I want to prove to them they can do anything. Pageants have been my therapy from that.Channon Kail
The human resources department worker at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham said she would use her role to help young girls suffering from anxiety and depression.
Channon said: ‘I think I would like to act as an example for those who have suffered from depression, as I did.
‘I want to prove to them they can do anything. Pageants have been my therapy from that.
‘It has opened my eyes to an entirely different world. It gives you so much self-belief at a time when you don’t have a lot.’
Speaking about the emotions she felt after her victory, Channon said: ‘I was totally overwhelmed.
‘I looked at my mum and she got emotional and then I started to well up as well.
‘It was unbelievable. Reaching that goal is incredible.’
The newly-crowned champion will now go on to represent the county at Miss England, an honour Channon isn’t taking lightly.
‘To be honest I’m a bit anxious,’ she said.
‘It is a completely different league.
‘I am just going to enjoy it.
‘I followed last year’s winner and saw how amazing she did and that is something I’d like to do.
‘I want to go as far as I possibly can with this now.’
As reported, Channon raised more than £2,000 for various charities and she has now chosen to raise funds for Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal, which provides holidays for families with children suffering terminal illnesses.
The Miss England finals will be hosted in Southport on July 20 and 21 as 50 regional winners attempt to win the title and a £25,000 prize.