Isobel wins Miss Black Country title
A young woman has been crowned Miss Black Country - virtually, due to Covid-19.
Isobel Lines, aged 19, a sports science student from Wednesbury, continued her charity and community work throughout lockdown, raising thousands fro Papyrus, NHS and Miss England charity Beauty With a Purpose.
She also volunteered for the Midlands International Aid Trust, distributing PPE to care homes and key workers.
Isobel is a mental health and suicide prevention ambassador, raising awareness for the cause after her school friend Viren Patel from Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School passed away.
Isobel said: "During school, we were never taught about mental health, I believe this played a strong role in my friend’s death.
"Thankfully, as of September, it is compulsive for schools to educate students on mental health following the National Curriculum changes
"I wish to use the title as a platform to normalise mental health and help as many people who have suffered with what I have.”
Isobel has been competing in Miss England for four years but has never previously won a regional title.
She added: "I am beyond overwhelmed. Competing for four years and raising over £6,000 for charity has been an incredible journey but finally winning a regional title means so much to me.
"It feels like a massive weight off my shoulders.’’
Isobel will represent the Black Country at the Miss England 2020 Finals due to be held in Birmingham in October.