South Shields Ashley hopes to take title in Miss Sunderland and District 2016 challenge

Ashley Roberston is hoping to be crowned Miss Sunderland.

Ashley Roberston is hoping to be crowned Miss Sunderland.

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A South Tyneside woman is hoping to be crowned winner of a regional beauty competition.

Ashley Robertson is one of 14 finalists in the Miss Sunderland and District 2016 challenge.

Would you like to see Ashley crowned the winner?

Would you like to see Ashley crowned the winner?

The 25-year-old beauty therapist from the Lawe Top, South Shields, has to impress judges in a range categories to be in with a chance of winning.

If she does that, Ashley will then be eligible to compete in the Miss England competition.

Ashley said: “It was a great feeling to make it to the final of Miss Sunderland but It would mean everything to me to win the title.

“I have worked so hard and put everything into all the preparation for the competition.

“The competition is to find a fit and healthy young lady that is charitable and wants to help and support others.”

She added: “It is about finding someone to represent the county at the Miss England Finals.

“After that, there is the chance to go on to the Miss World competition.”

Already Ashley has shown her talents in the sportswoman round – which replaced the bikini round – held earlier this month.

She took part in two challenges, which saw girls competing to hold weights for the longest time and having to stay in the plank position for the longest time.

She won both competitions,

The finals will be held at the Point club in Sunderland on June 11,

Ashley will also have take part in an Eco round and dress up in recycled materials.

Plus she needs to do well on a general knowledge quiz and raise as much money as possible for charity.

In a bid to boost her chances, Ashley has organised a fundraising night.

The event will raise cash for the charity Beauty With a Purpose and Heel & Toe – a charity which helps youngsters with cerebral palsy, which has also sponsored her.

The variety show will be held at the Can Can bar in Ocean Road, South Shields, on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm with tickets costing £5 and includes a drink on arrival.

Ashley added: “If I was to be crowned the winner, I would continue my determination and hard work to compete to become Miss England in the final.

“I would use my full year’s reign to develop, to inspire and to continue to raise awareness and money for charities close to my heart.”