Beauty queen takes a giant leap in memory of her best friend

Kettlebridge beauty queen Kirsty Leighton
Kettlebridge beauty queen Kirsty Leighton
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A beauty queen from north east Fife is preparing to take on a daring challenge in memory of her best friend.

Kirsty Leighton (23), who was recently named Miss Edinburgh International, is planning to abseil 100 feet on July 1 to raise money for the Christie Foundation, Europe’s largest cancer research centre.

She’ll be doing the jump in memory of Jennifer Wilson, who died of a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2010, shortly before her 18th birthday.

Jennifer, from Cupar, and Kirsty, from Kettlebridge, went to Bell Baxter High School together and had been best friends since their primary days at Castlehill.

Kirsty is also organising a fashion swap and a tea party to help raise funds for the charity, which is being promoted by organisers of the Miss International UK pageant in which Kirsty is competing on July 19 in Lancashire.

It’s a highly prestigious competition, with the winners in each section going on to compete at international level.

Kirsty, who represented Fife in the finals of Miss Galaxy Scotland and Miss Earth Scotland, is using her success on the beauty circuit to help raise the profile of charities close to her heart.

“All my life I have devoted myself to volunteering with, studying and working with animals and I now work for one of the country’s largest animal charities,” she said.

“Therefore I aim to spread the word about animal conservation and welfare and encourage the general public to support and learn about such causes.

“Also, I am greatly in support of It’s Good to Give and the Teenage Cancer Trust, who supported my best friend before she passed away just a month before her 18th birthday.

“I am also looking for charity events to help out with in association with the pageant and would love for anyone to contact me at kirstyeleighton@aol.co.uk if they wish for me to help in any way.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kirsty-Leighton, or to vote for Kirsty in the pageant, visit the International Pageants UK Facebook page.