A DEDICATED fund-raiser hopes to encourage others to give to charity after securing a spot in the final of Miss Worcestershire.
Harriet Green, who lives in Alvechurch, made it through to this year’s competition after being told she should think about modelling at a photo shoot.
The 20-year-old, who studies zoology at the University of Leicester, originally laughed off the remarks but chose to give it a go, eventually securing a place in the finals.
As a keen fund-raiser she has taken on a 10km race to raise £300 for the pageant’s charity Beauty With A Purpose and hopes to raise awareness of the importance of giving to charity throughout the competition.
She said: “I was interested in taking part because it helps raise money for charity, which is something I have always done.
“When I was younger I used to do things like own clothes days at school and my friend and I started a local dog walking service to raise money for the Blue Cross before too.”
Harriet added the competition had helped her build her confidence, while she also loved that it challenged the stereotypical view of beauty.
“It is really trying to change the stereotype. Now it is about your personality, what you do, and the charity work, focusing on the type of person you are.”
Harriet will compete in the finals at the Guildhall in Worcester on Sunday, November 2, where the winner will go on to compete in Miss England.
Visit www.missengland.info/regionals/worcestershire to vote for Harriet or for more information about the competition.