Beauty queen in bid to be crowned Miss England

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A Doncaster beauty queen is proving she’s more than just a pretty face by taking on a whole host of charity challenges.

Maryann Cunningham, aged 18, has been giving something back by raising cash for good causes in a bid to be crowned Miss England.

The pretty teen, who is studying fashion and design at Doncaster College, is hoping to raise as much money as possible ahead of the competition.

Maryann, of Thorne, held a charity party at the Green Tree in Doncaster in aid of Beauty With a Purpose - a charity that raises money and participates in humanitarian projects across the world and Martin House Hospice.

On Sunday she put her best foot forward and ran 13.1 miles in the Leeds half marathon in aid of Martin House Hospice - for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.

And the generous teen also visited the hospice in person with a basket of gifts for some of the residents.

Speaking about the upcoming competition, she said: “I’ve been working really hard these past few months in preparation and would love to get through to the Miss England finals which are in June in Torquay.

“I was in the finals last year, and really want to be back in the finals so I can put Doncaster on the map and more importantly try my hardest to become Miss England.”

The determined teen is no stranger to beauty pageants and has had her fair share of crowning glory in the past.

Maryann can lay claim to becoming one of the youngest ever winners of Miss York and District last year.

She said: “The entry rules meant I lived within the right radius to become winner.

“I loved taking part last year and I have loved every minute of it.”

The former North Axholme school student has taken part in the finals of Miss South Yorkshire twice - she entered the contest at Sheffield’s Hilton Hotel last year but missed out on the top spot.

A spokesman for Miss England said: “It’s not just a beauty contest. You have to be far more than just a pretty face to win the crown.”

A main part of the contest is raising cash for local charities.