Fund-raising queen Elli’s not resting on her laurels

The Miss Preston final took place at the Preston Playhouse.
14 year-old Ellie Westwood, who was crowned Junior Miss Preston in yesterday evening's junior event.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
18-4-2016
The Miss Preston final took place at the Preston Playhouse. 14 year-old Ellie Westwood, who was crowned Junior Miss Preston in yesterday evening's junior event. PIC BY ROB LOCK 18-4-2016
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A young charity fund-raiser from Cottam has scooped a double title for her efforts being crowned Miss Junior Preston and Miss Charity.

It is the second charity award Elli Westwood has received this year after being presented with the Miss Charity Lancashire in Blackpool.

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Ashton High pupil Elli Westwood has been invited to meet Preston Mayor Margaret McManus in recognition of her fundraising achievements

Photo Neil Cross Ashton High pupil Elli Westwood has been invited to meet Preston Mayor Margaret McManus in recognition of her fundraising achievements

The 14-year-old Ashton High School pupil has raised more than £2,500 from her efforts in recent months. All the money has been donated to Variety Children’s Charity. In recognition of her fundraising activities Elli was invited to the Preston Town Hall to meet Preston’s Mayor Margaret McManus who offered her congratulations.

Elli, who entered her first ever pageant last year was named Miss Junior Preston at the finals held at the Preston Playhouse Theatre.

Elli said: “I can’t wait to take part in another. It has been such a good experience, with lovely girls, I can’t put into words.”

Alongside the new Miss Preston Elizabeth Grant will now have a year of community engagements as the new junior ambassador for the area.

She will also be taking part in the Britain’s Junior Miss competition which will be held in Blackpool in November.

She added: “This meant so much to me as in the last 12 months I have raised over £2,500 for Variety and I have worked so hard fundraising and I’m looking forward to some new challenges.”

Elli’s mum Louise said the whole family were proud of her achievements, she added: “Elli has worked so hard and has really enjoyed raising money to help those less fortunate than herself. She has given up so much of her time to come up with fundraising ideas and we are so grateful to all those people who have given their support.”