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Local lass inspires with wave of fundraising

MISS CHARITY: Fundraiser Robyn Lucas.

MISS CHARITY: Fundraiser Robyn Lucas.

At 23 years old most people are focusing more on themselves than others. As job searches, graduations, promotions, and a slew of other responsibilities surge towards you it can be difficult to find the time to help others. However, Robyn Lucas from Darlington has spent the past month dedicating herself to raising money for worthwhile charities.

After being accepted into the Miss North East finals, Robyn decided to aim for the title of Miss Charity- the award given to the competitor who raised the most money for the pageant’s charity of choice. Out of the 24 girls taking part, a spectacular £8000 was raised, with £4500 being raised by Robyn who won the prestigious title.

“That, to me, was the biggest and most important part,” Robyn said. The Miss Charity title is an integral part of the event, given that the finalists of Miss North East compete in the Miss Great Britain finals, where fundraising and helping those in need will be a vital aspect of their duties.

Robyn (centre) and friends at the Butterwick Bootcamp.

Robyn (centre) and friends at the Butterwick Bootcamp.

“I was crowned Miss Charity, and was overwhelmed. The feeling was amazing. I had a fancy dress party; coffee morning; killer pool; domino cards; guess the name of the teddy; a skydive; and the Butterwick Bootcamp.

“I’ve decided to continue, and write a children’s magazine about disabilities to bring hope and awareness to children. It’s not often you read many children’s stories about disabilities. So I’m hoping to adapt classic nursery rhymes and stories with a twist for Muscles for Mitchell.”

Muscles for Mitchell is a charity which raises awareness for the Harrison’s fund- for children who suffer with muscular dystrophy, which is one of several charities Robyn has raised money for.

“I did 2 half marathon obstacle courses, too, and the Race for Life. Just knowing you’re making a difference and bringing fun to your local town is lovely. The fancy dress night was an amazing laugh, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves, which is an added bonus too. It makes you more passionate and willing to do your very best and whatever you can for them.”

Now Robyn is planning her next fundraising venture, while also hoping to be the wildcard pick for the Miss Great Britain finals.

“If i’m unsuccessful I will definitely go back next year and fight for that crown.”

As well as having studied for a fitness instructing qualification and starting her own boot camp with the help of certified trainer Philip Pentony and the Paragon performance centre, Robyn has landed extra roles on BBC and ITV dramas after attending drama school.

“My next ideas are a charity boxing match- although I’ve never boxed in my life, a charity football match, family fun day, more raffles, and a sponsored bike ride from Switzerland to the UK. Maybe I won’t cycle across the channel. I could swim.. depending on how my swimming is getting on!”
Needless to say Robyn will be busy over the next few months!
Robyn with a cheque for Butterwick Hospice.

Robyn with a cheque for Butterwick Hospice.

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