Charity title for Glenrothes woman

Miss Peace and Charity Queen 2014'Cheryl Russell
Miss Peace and Charity Queen 2014'Cheryl Russell

A former Glenrothes woman was named Miss Charity and Peace Queen at a recent beauty pageant in Aberdeen.

Cheryl Russell (28),was crowned with the title earlier this month.

And after winning the contest, in which Cheryl represented Fife, the former Auchmuty High School pupil will now throw herself into charity work.

The dental nurse, who now lives in Perth, explained: “I will now contribute to charities all over the world as much as I can, but also help and work voluntarily to help Fife’s local charities.

“For the past few months I have been planning and setting up possible ideas to raise money for various different charities.”

And now she’s won the overall title for Scotland, Cheryl is busy working on bringing these ideas to fruition.

She plans on having a main fundraiser - a charity ball - in the summer.

Cheryl, who is registered with Platinum model agency in Aberdeen, continued: “I have been in touch with charities to discuss other options of fundraising.

“As Miss Charity and Peace, my role is to help the unfortunate all over the globe and to help towards smaller community charities.

“I felt overwhelmed and shocked when I won and to be honest it hasn’t sunk in yet.

“The other girls in the pageant were amazing and without their support I’d never have had the confidence to have done so well.

“The judges made their decision by a point scoring system and I am so glad that I did as well as I did.”

The Miss Charity and Peace pageant aims to provide a queen who will represent the less fortunate and those in need while promoting peace and unity in society.

There were three stages to the competition including a swim wear round, casual wear and an evening wear round.

Miss Charity and Peace was the third pageant that Cheryl has entered, having been in two contests last year - Miss Fife and she was also a finalist in last year’s Scottish heat of Miss British Empire.

One of Cheryl’s first charity events in her new role will be taking part in the Ben Nevis challenge in June to raise funds for Orphanaid.

The charity helps orphans in Zimbabwe to gain education and will give them clothing, medical care and accommodation.