Miss Rutland 2015 finalists sleep rough in Stamford

Miss Rutland 2015 contestant Emma Maskery and 2013 winner Cara Pereira sleep rough for a night to raise money for Dayton's Dream. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150106-160948001
Miss Rutland 2015 contestant Emma Maskery and 2013 winner Cara Pereira sleep rough for a night to raise money for Dayton's Dream. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150106-160948001

Beauty pageant contestants found out what it was like to spend a night on the streets as they raised money for a sick little boy.

Finalists in this year’s Miss Rutland competition slept rough in Stamford last week in aid of Dayton’s Dream, which supports a two-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.

They were accompanied by the inaugural Miss Rutland, Cara Pereira, who is organising this year’s contest.

Emma Maskery, 24, from Stamford, was one of those who took part. She said: “Sleeping rough is not as easy as it sounds.

“At the start the temperature was okay - chilly, but not too cold. We had a chat about various things and got as comfy as we could get.

“Soon after we bedded down and shut our eyes. This is when everything changed. You make yourself aware of every single little noise. Leaves falling from the trees, rustling of birds in the bushes, car engines in the distance. Footsteps or just your scared imagination?

“By 2am the temperature dropped dramatically. I rolled onto my side and put the sleeping bag over my face. I was so uncomfortable on the concrete floor but after 20 minutes, my hip went completely numb and I couldn’t feel the pain of it anymore.

“I fell asleep only to be woken by poor, heavily pregnant Cara trying to get comfy again.

“I knew it was going to be a horrendously long night but we did it.”

Cara added: “We would like to say a big thank you to all those that supported us and if anyone would like to donate to help this special little boy, it would be much appreciated.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Daytons-dream to donate.

The Miss Rutland 2015 final is on July 4.