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Beauty pageant winner aims to raise money for three charities before the national finals

PUBLISHED: 12:20 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 31 March 2017

Lucy Rayner

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Lucy Rayner, 16. from West Wickham hopes to raise £400 for Go Juventa, SPH, and the Nicky Manson Memorial Fund

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A teenager from West Wickham has been announced as Miss Teen Diamond South East, and now hopes to raise money for three charities before the competition’s finals in April.

Lucy Rayner, 16, of Tudor Gardens, has been throwing sponsored events in a bid to raise hundreds for Go Juventa, SPH (a homeless charity), and the Nicky Manson Memorial Fund.

She said: “Types of pageants differ, and this one was a catwalk show. In the evening wear section you have to act elegant and sophisticated, but in the fashion one you just make sure your personality shines though - some girls will be sassy, and others will be really casual and laid back.

“To win this title, I obviously had to be on the catwalk but then I also had to fundraise and show the judges that I was giving back to my community. I went to under 12 rugby matches, and gave a catwalk lesson to a local school. It was really fun.”

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The competition final will be held on April 9, but beforehand Miss Rayner has a charity fund target she’d like to hit.

“I’d love to raise £400, but at the minute I’m on around £200.

“I ran a sponsored 10k which was gruelling, and I know people who run Ultimate Airsoft, so they’re giving 50 per cent of money raised at a day there to SPH, and then 50 per cent to the Nicky Manson Memorial Fund.

“I’ve also got my family doing a lent jar. We all go to bed really late in my house, so now if any of us go to bed past 12am, then we have to add some money to the jar.”

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When asked why she chose those certain charities to raise money for, Miss Rayner explains: “When I’m older I really want to open a homeless charity, but one where you offer training to the people there, so that they can get off the streets.

“That’s what SPH do, and that’s why they’re so important to me.”

Speaking of her pageant success, she adds: “I only started entering pageants in August 2015, and at first I was really anxious about getting up on a catwalk. But it’s changed all of that, now I love it, and I also do a lot of public speaking, which I wouldn’t have done before.

“It’s really helped me a lot, and it’s given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people. Some of my best friends are from pageants.

“I love that it gives you a drive to support local charities and raise money. It encourages everyone involved to raise money for those who need it.”

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