A DENBIGH student who has won a place in the semi-final of a national modelling competition with be walking 10km in high heels for charity.
Emma Twist, aged 15, a pupil at St Brigid’s School, has beaten off competition from across the UK to be named as one of the semi-finalists.
Her chosen charity is Claire House Hospice, and she is currently in training for a 10km sponsored walk in high heels.
Emma said: “I am so excited to have made it to the semi-finals.
“I just sent my details in and didn’t think anything more of it; I was very surprised to be picked.
“I hope I can get through to the final and represent my hometown. I would love to show girls of my age that it isn’t all about what you look like, but how you act and present yourself to others.”
Emma, from Rhyl, is in year 11 in the Denbigh school and hopes to go onto sixth form in the school and then to university.
She said: “My dream is to be accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. I am looking at jobs involving English, or pursuing a career in modelling.”
This is Emma’s first pageant and, so far, the competition has taken place through the internet, judging photos and an interview form.
Charity work is an element of the semi-final, and Emma is raising money for Claire House Hospice, located on the Wirral.
Emma said: “I am completing a 10km sponsored walk in high heels to raise money, on February 2.
“I am aiming to raise £100, which will pay for a terminally ill child to use the hydrotherapy facilities in the hospice.
“I am also doing a cake stall on Valentine’s day to raise money. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, before or after the event.”
Claire House aids children who have specialised needs and they offer 24 hour care seven days a week. They offer a safe environment for the children and their families and enable them to leave the stress behind and offer a safe place for them.
The grand final of Miss Teen Great Britain is to be held in Blackpool in August 2014.
To sponsor Emma’s 10km walk in heels for Claire House Hospice visit www.justgiving.com/Emma.
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