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Shereen set to smash Mensa stereotype

Mensa members can be found in every corner of society – and Shereen Sally is delighted to be representing the society in the finals of Ms Great Britain 2021.

The pageant is the latest adventure for Shereen, who lists helping to set up a bereavement charity, volunteering at a refugee camp in Calais while pregnant and taking her new daughter on a four-month round the world trip amongst her previous activities.

Shereen, from London, was inspired to enter the Ms Great Britain competition – which is distinct from the better-known Miss Great Britain – because of its focus on supporting charities, encouraging diversity and providing role models for women and girls.

She said: “Pageants can still carry a stigma and Ms Great Britain is working hard to change how that is perceived. Finalists embody what it is to empower one another; they are career women, mothers, soldiers, lawyers, students and everything in between.

“How you 'look' has very little to do with the competition. Selection is based on personality, achievements, aspirations and goals for the future. The pageant is about charity, raising awareness and funds through fantastic finalists for the chosen charities. It is about confidence and self-belief!”

Shereen helped found, and is a trustee of, the Loss Foundation, a charity set up to support people bereaved by cancer. One of the charities supported by Ms Great Britain is Cancer Research UK, which increased her interest in the competition.

The event also supports Alex’s Wish, a charity seeking to eliminate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which is based in Leicestershire, where the Ms Great Britain finals will be held in September.

The final of Ms Great Britain will take place as part of the Miss Great Britain live final in Leicester on September 16 and 17.

To find out more about the charities supported by Shereen and the Ms Great Britain competition, visit The Loss Foundation, providing free bereavement support to those who have suffered loss through cancer or Covid-19, Alex’s Wish, a Leicestershire-based a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Cancer Research UK.

You can show Shereen your support and donate to her fundraising page here:

The full interview with Shereen will be in the September issue of Mensa Magazine.