A South Shields beauty queen is getting set to hold two fundraising events to help youngsters with disabilities receive life changing therapy.
Miss England finalist Ashley Robertson had started in a permanent fundraising role for the Heel and Toe North East children’s charity as they look to raise more than £280,000 to expand the servces is offers.
The charity - which is besed in Chester-le-Street - is currently running the Footprints Appeal to raise funds for the first phase of renovating a second therapy centre in Perkinsville.
Now Ashley has embarked on a fundraising mission for the charity who was her sponsor for the Miss England competition which saw her finish sixth place.
To date - the 26-year-old who is Miss Durham and Tees Valley 2017 - has taken on a zip-slide off the Tyne Bridge, last year’s Great North Run 2016 and Sky Walk - which involved scaling the side of a mountain in the Lake District.
She said: “The Miss England competition isn’t about being the right size and being beautiful, it’s about you as a person and how you can support your local area and the community.
“Fundraising is a big passion of mine and being Miss Durham and Tees Valley has opened the door for me with Heel and Toe.
“I was invited in to meet the children and look round the centre. “I fell in love with them and wanted to do more for them.
“It is something that I didn’t think twice about.”
Ashley is now holding a Winter Fashion Show on Friday, October 13, at Hedworth Hall in South Shields, and a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28, at the Clover and Wolf in South Shields to raise funds.
On her efforts she said: “I am not a runner and so the Great North Run was by far the biggest challenge.
“I can deal with heights and the adrenaline side of it, but running was much harder.
“It was an amazing feeling to do it.
“I love helping the children and raising money for the vital therapy they need.”
To book tickets for the events you can visit: www.heelandtoe.org.uk/events
Alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Heel and Toe on: 0191 3868606.
For more information on the Footprints Appeal please visit: http://heelandtoe.org.uk/footprints-building- appeal/