Elizabeth is crowned new Queen of Sheffield

Queen Elizabeth Wantling of Sheffield on her throne at Meadowhall
Queen Elizabeth Wantling of Sheffield on her throne at Meadowhall
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ALL hail the new Queen of Sheffield!

Elizabeth Wantling, aged 18, already shares a name with our monarch - and now she has a crown to boot.

The inspirational student has won The Star’s competition with Meadowhall shopping centre to find an unsung heroine.

She received the most public votes to take her to her rightful place, seated in a royal throne, in front of crowds of shoppers yesterday - and to award her a haul of prizes.

Elizabeth was nominated for her continual fundraising work in aid of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease charities.

She said: “I’m really grateful, this has made my year!

“It has been a very stressful time as it has been my final year at college and I have been having all the exams.

“I was thrilled to find out I had won. At the time I was in a shop and I was jumping up and down.

“This is amazing, and I don’t do what I do for reward, but it is lovely to be recognised.”

Aspiring book editor Elizabeth, of Hoyland, Barnsley, started raising money for good causes after her brother Daniel was diagnosed with diabetes.

Her proud mum Yvonne sneaked off to put her charitable daughter’s name forward as a surprise while the pair were on a shopping trip to Meadowhall together.

Elizabeth will now be able to thank her family in style after winning a meal for eight at Las Iguanas restaurant in the centre.

She also scoops a makeover, personal styling and £100 worth of clothes from Debenhams.

The contest was organised to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Meadowhall marketing manager Richard Pinfold said: “So many people in South Yorkshire dedicate their lives to helping others and the Jubilee was the perfect opportunity for us to thank one of our shoppers for all their hard work.

“Elizabeth is an extraordinarily selfless young lady, who has shown a great amount of kindness and generosity by fundraising hundreds of pounds for charity over the years.

“We are very proud to announce her as Meadowhall’s Queen of Sheffield.”