Louise Woof is out to show she’s not “brainless” by entering a beauty pageant and will use it to raise awareness of a debilitating disease she suffered from childhood.
Now aged 24, the university graduate was aged about eight when she contracted Lyme disease – caused by small blood-sucking ticks.
She then faced years of illness and severe fatigue while doctors tried to diagnose the problem.
Eventually, she was referred to a specialist private hospital in Hertfordshire and was diagnosed with Lyme disease aged 19.
Louise said: “Generally, my health went down every year.
“It just took all my energy to get up off the sofa and I was back and forth to the doctors.”
Her diagnosis led to a course of strong antibiotics over a three-year period.
She has entered the Miss Rugby beauty pageant - her first - and the final will be held on January 10 at the Dunchurch Park Hotel.
She will talk about her experience of Lyme Disease, the symptoms to look out for, and her fundraising for the Miss World charitable foundation.
“People who enter are not a brainless bunch,” said Louise, who hopes to start a masters degree in archive management at Liverpool University.
“The current Miss England is a student doctor.
“Beauty pageants have moved on and we don’t wear swimsuits.
“It’s more now about the charitable works.”
To help Louise in the popularity round, text 63333 and include the phrase ‘Miss Rugby 05.’