A young woman from Shropshire has reached the finals of the Miss Wales Galaxy competition, thanks to her studies across the border.
Stephanie Cottam, from St Martins near Oswestry, will be heading to Lancashire in March for the finals of the annual beauty competition in hopes of being crowned best in Wales.
The Welsh winner will be announced on the night, along with her counterparts from England and Scotland.
Stephanie will be facing some stiff competition from four other finalists. The 22-year-old was crowned Miss Clwyd, securing her place after applying online. Her application so impressed the judges she was immediately offered a chance to compete in the finals.
This is the first such competition Stephanie has entered and she said she was ‘very excited’ to be taking part. “I live in Shropshire but went to sixth form and university in Wales,” she said. She now works in finance in Chester.
Stephanie is hoping to use this opportunity to help raise awareness for charities Hope House and Nightingale House Hospice. “I have been involved in fundraising through the Young Farmers Club and I hope I can help the two hospices,” she said.
If successful she said she would head on to the International competition, following in the footsteps of fellow Shropshire contestant, Jamie Lee Williams, who went on from her success as Miss Galaxy International to become a model.