Miss Northamptonshire winner Giorgia Davies says she wants to fly the flag for the county when she takes part in the Miss England semi-finals this Sunday.
Giorgia, 23, was crowned Miss Northamptonshire at the end of March.
This Sunday, she will be one of dozens of contestants at Kelham Hall near Newarke hoping to win one of ten spots in the finals taking place later this year.
Giorgia, a graduate in theatre and professional practice, said: “As part of the preparation for the semi-finals, contestants are required to compete in specific rounds on the day such as eco-wear, a themed photoshoot round, an interview and the evening wear round
“Contestants are encouraged, although it is not compulsory, to raise money for the Beauty with a Purpose charity – which raises money and helps children all over the world who are in need.
“I decided that I would like to take time to fundraise for this charity, as I am already an avid fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.
“I set up a couple of fundraising events where I set a target of £1,000. I organised a charity Bollywood-themed dinner at the Royal Bengal Indian restaurant which raised £717 and in Bedfordshire we held a 24-hour sports party at Rushmoor Private School where 20 children played sports all night long while being sponsored.
“We have almost hit the £1000 target and I am overwhelmed at people’s generosity!”
Giorgia said she has been in shock since winning Miss Northamptonshire.
She added: “I have loved every minute of being Northamptonshire so far the opportunities it has brought me and the people I have met has been incredible.
“I genuinely hope to do Northamptonshire proud at the semi finals this Sunday and fly the flag higher than its ever been flown before!
“I want to bring an element of fun to the competition and make people laugh as it’s what I most enjoy.”
To help Giorgia win a place in the finals, readers can vote for her by texting MISS SEMI32 to 63333. Texts cost 50 pence plus the standard network rate.
Giorgia will not be the only Kettering representative at this year’s Miss England semi-finals.
She is being joined by Emily Bunce, 23, also from Kettering, who left the town several years ago to study and who was crowned Miss Mercia earlier this year after entering Miss Coventry, where she was crowned Miss Social Media.
Emily is a biomedical scientist and has featured in the Daily Mail in the run-up to the competition.
To vote for her, text MISS SEMI24 to 63333.
For more information about the event, visit www.missengland.info/semi-finalists-2015.