YEP Says, May 8: Lucy’s true courage makes her a winner whatever the result

Lucy Morgan will still compete in the Miss Leeds contest.
Lucy Morgan will still compete in the Miss Leeds contest.
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Teenager to compete in Miss Leeds contest despite horrific burns.

She will need painkillers and her legs will still be wrapped in bandages, but that won’t keep plucky Lucy Morgan from taking her place in the finals of the Miss Leeds competition.

The 19-year-old suffered terrible injuries a couple of months ago when a can of liquid exploded as she sat with friends around a bonfire.

Left with burns to a quarter of her body, she has already undergone three skin graft operations at the hands of plastic surgeons at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Just a week before the accident she had been celebrating winning a place in this Saturday’s Miss Leeds event, but when she was covered in bandages in her hospital bed, that dream seemed out of reach.

So it is to her enormous credit that she is so determined to take part in the contest.

“I want to give it my best shot,” Lucy tells the YEP today, “and show that there should be no barriers to being able to live the life you choose and pursuing your goals.”

Organisers of beauty pageants often insist they are not just judged on the contestants’ looks but their character and what they have achieved.

It means that despite still struggling to walk, Lucy should be one of the frontrunners for the title.

And even if she isn’t named Miss Leeds, the fact she’s there at all makes her a winner.

World Cup is proving to be a sticky subject

WORLD Cup fever is sweeping the country – but not in the way you might think.

With expectations for England at an all-time low, much of the excitement this time around centres on the race to complete the official Panini sticker album.

Swaps are being done in playgrounds and offices across the city as young and not so young get in on the act. Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with collectors listing their “wants”, while boxes of the Rio 2015 stickers are the subject of fierce bidding wars on eBay.

For the vast majority, though, their chances of successfully completing the album are probably about as good as England’s lifting the World Cup on July 13.

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