by Elizabeth Archer
An altruistic student from Burley-in-Wharfedale has raised £185 for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters as part of her campaign to become Miss North Yorkshire.
Amy Turk, 19, a student at York St John Univeristy, narrowly missed first place in the competition, and was crowned Miss Photogenic after recieving almost 800 “likes” on her Facebook photo.
Miss Turk told Yorkshire Voice: “I’ve had family members suffer cancer so I know how important this cause is.
“It’s really inspirational to find out what Candlelighters do for the children they care for.”
Overall the competition raised over £1,000 for the charity, with the winning contestant Anne-Marie O’Donnell raising £400 of that total.
Alexandra Devine, the organiser of Miss North Yorkshire, said: “I just want to emphasise how hard all the girls have worked to raise money for Candlelighters. Some people think these sorts of competitions are superficial, but it’s about fundraising and friendship.”
The final took place at Riverside Farm in Skelton where contestants took part in a catwalk show, showcasing various looks including an eco-dress made from recycled materials.
A spokesperson for Candlelighters charity said: “It’s great that they’re helping raise awareness for us. We really appreciate their support.”
The winning candidate Anne-Marie O’Donnell will be entered into the battle for Top Model of England 2015, as well as being awarded a free makeover and photography session.