Geordie Finishing School For Girls: Chelsea girls sent to live in Newcastle for TV series

Geordie Finishing School For Girls: Chelsea girls sent to live in Newcastle for TV series

Live on 59 for 10 days On the King”s Road, that”s what I spend on breakfast, says Chelsea girl as she”s sent to live on rough Newcastle estate for new TV series

3:19 PM on 31st July 2011

Made in Chelsea: Lucy Haythornthwaite-Shock, left, Fi Wishard and Fiona Culley were sent to a Newcastle estate for a new TV series

Made in Chelsea: Lucy Haythornthwaite-Shock, left, Fi Wishard and Fiona Culley were sent to a Newcastle estate for a new TV series

Found inspiration: Ex public schoolgirl Stepha wants to work in politics

Found inspiration: Ex public schoolgirl Stepha wants to work in politics

“When we met the Geordie girls, they were very friendly, but I thought they seemed much older than us – I suppose because they”ve experienced a lot more and have more to worry about” – Lucy Haythornthwaite-Shock, 24

“I found meeting Makylea inspirational. She was desperate to find a job and made me realise there are people on benefits who want to work. Meeting another girl called Natalie, a heroin addict who had turned to prostitution, also changed my views” – Steph Hislop, 21

Desperate to work: Geordie Makylea, with her twins, was keen to find a job and not claim benefits

Desperate to work: Geordie Makylea, with her twins, was keen to find a job and not claim benefits

“I”ve always had strong views about people who live on benefits, thinking they need to get off their backsides and go out to work. I”m privileged, but I”ve been brought up to work hard and I”ve never had much sympathy with people who aren”t willing to do the same.” – Fiona Culley, 25

Difficult lives: Geordie girls pictured from left, Lyndsey Balfour, Shauna Henry, Kimberley Allen and Makylea Munroe

Difficult lives: Geordie girls pictured from left, Lyndsey Balfour, Shauna Henry, Kimberley Allen and Makylea Munroe

“When I met Fiona, Lucy, Fi and Steph, they seemed so lucky, it was hard not to wonder why my life”s been so hard by comparison. It”s not just the money they have that makes me envy them, but their loving families. I haven”t spoken to my own mother for years and have no family support at all” – Geordie Makylea Munroe, 25

Newcastle: The southern girls were taken on nights out in the city and had to manage a tight budget

Newcastle: The southern girls were taken on nights out in the city and had to manage a tight budget