MISS Sunderland finalist Brooke Redford completed a 20-mile charity walk to raise cash for the Grace House children’s hospice.
The 20-year-old, of Mount Pleasant, in Washington, was joined by friends Drew Doyle, 12, Kayleigh Lawton, Jade Bell and Hannah Pearson, 20, in a hike from Easy Street pub, in Chester-le-Street to Newton Aycliffe, where Brooke’s dad, George, owns fish and chip shop Redz.
Brooke, who is studying health and social care at City of Sunderland College’s Shiney Row centre, decided to do the sponsored walk as it was “something different” and also held a raffle to raise funds.
She said: “It was hard but I really enjoyed it. I think even after the competition I’ll still raise more money.”
The Grace House children’s hospice is being built in Southwick and will help families from across the North East.
Brooke entered the Miss Sunderland contest after seeing it advertised and was delighted to reach the final.
“I was over the moon when I got through the first heat,” said Brooke who is representing Hedworth Hall in the competition.
“I’m really excited for the final. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be involved in.”
Brooke’s fund-raising has been boosted by donations for raffle prizes including vouchers for Saks hair salon in Durham, facials at a local spa and free hire of a bouncy castle for the day.
Talented Brooke was also recently crowned the Chip Factor Champion 2011 after she won the national singing competition by an online vote.
The Miss Sunderland final will take place at Rainton Meadows Arena on May 20 and will feature appearance from Miss Sunderland 2010 winner Tamzin Cummings.
This year’s winner will represent the city at the Miss England contest as well a scooping a modelling contract with Glam R Us Agency, prizes from top jewellers Pandora, teeth whitening from Oliver Dental Studio and a year of free hair styling at Reds hair stylists.