Monday, July 8, 2019

Leanne Brown Reveals The Real Reason Why She Won't Return To RHOCheshire!

Leanne Brown is revealing the reason why she has no plans to return to The Real Housewives of Cheshire. Brown, who was one of the original six cast members left the series after six seasons and now the mother-of-three is now focused on helping others in need.

Since leaving the ITVBe hit reality series, Brown has focused her energy into humanitarian work with the charity One Woman At A Time. Leanne says the experience has also opened the eyes of her daughters Halle (16), Lilia (12) and Lola (8) to the world.

Brown, who is married to former Manchester United star Wes Brown has been working with women in India and Africa and has had some 'heartbreaking' and 'humbling' encounters which have made her feel she has found her purpose.

According to Manchester Evening News, Brown says she wants to inspire her daughters to see 'beyond Cheshire' and make them aware of how lucky they are.

Leanne hosts an annual Empowerment Ball, raising funds to help young girls and women in underdeveloped parts of Kenya to get into education, to save them from arranged marriages and to end the practice of female genital mutilation.

The publication states that Leanne will walk across the Great Wall of China with her eldest daughter Halle as they will walk five hours a day over five days, while camping out on the wall, to raise funds for the charity. The mother and daughter hope to raise £20,000 with the challenge.

"I want to open up their eyes and see what's going on in the world and not just live in a bubble," she told Manchester Evening News. "This has hugely opened my eyes and it's important for my girls to be knowledgeable."

"If you're not showing them the way then how can you expect them to listen to you?," she continued. "Having three girls myself I put myself in the position of those girls and was thinking they're the same age as those girls."

"I always had a vision of going to Africa and the opportunity came up in the January. By September I was doing the last series of the Real Housewives and it became official."

Leanne also reveals that she visited India in November 2017 after her husband was signed to the Indian club Kerala Blasters and she now supports a women's refuge there.

"We help a refuge in India of women and children that have been subject to the most horrendous domestic abuse sometimes with acid and sex trafficking," she said. "Wes got signed to Kerala Blasters and I saw it as a good opportunity to go over and find somewhere that was in need of help, given that India is the most dangerous place to live if you're a woman."

"The visit was an eye opener for me although Kerala is probably the most cleanest and quietest of places in India it was difficult to absorb the the poverty, over-population, the roads, the living conditions," she explained. "It’s heartbreaking seeing babies being used for begging, not knowing if they had been stolen."

"So we decided to help," Leanne told Manchester Evening News. "We bought toys as they had nothing and then asked what they would love to do more than anything they said to be taking out for a day to ‘wonderla’ (a water park).

"So when I went out in December myself and my girls went to the water park with them. It was so good to see them all enjoying themselves but another huge eye opener for me was the divide between men and women in the pool area and the fact the men had such a large area to bathe and the women and children had a very limited area."

"There were different entrances for men and women." she shared.

This was followed by a visit to Kenya in January 2018 which she describes as 'the most incredible and humbling experience' as she learned about the hardships faced by young girls.

"Girls are at risk of FGM from the age of around 12 to 15, mainly when they are sold to marry a man old enough to be their grandfather," she explained. "The family receive things like money, cows, goats or beer in exchange for their daughters which horrifies me."

"It is against the law in some parts, and there is more and more resistance to FGM and forced marriage. We have to try and change deep cultural beliefs which isn’t easy, said Leanne. "They are moulded into robots almost from such a young age. It needs to stop and we will continue to fight for the future of girls and women’s rights now and forever."

While Leanne is focused on making the world a better place with her humanitarian work, she also admits that she has no plans to return to The Real Housewives of Cheshire as she says that door is permanently closed for her.

"I don't believe in regrets and I don't believe in looking back either. Too much has been done and said and I'm not going to put myself through that again," she told Manchester Evening News. "You need to attract somebody that encourages you rather than the opposite, as hurtful as that is."

To learn more information about Leanne's work with One Woman At A Time or how you can help by making a donation visit www.onewomanatatime.co.uk

Source/Photo Credit: Manchester Evening News, ITVBe

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