It’s been at least decade since her last beauty pageant, but Freckleton beautician Abigail Plummer is now through to the national final of Miss Galaxy England 2018.
The 25-year-old last took part in a similar competition when she was just 14, in Texas in the USA, where she lived for several years.
She decided to enter the Miss Galaxy event this year and was delighted to be crowned Miss Freckleton Galaxy.
She will now compete against young women from across the country in the grand final, on March 25, at Park Hall Hotel, in Chorley.
And she has been busy organising fundraising events, both for the contest’s chosen charity – The Christie – and for a local cause close to her heart – three-year-old Jorgie Rae Griffiths, of Wesham, who has a rare form of cancer and whose family are raising money to take her to America for special treatment.
Former Carr Hill pupil Abigail has hosted a bake sale at Croft Court, a fitness event at Freckleton Village Hall – which included a cardio class and a raffle, in aid of The Christie charity.
This weekend, she was involved in a fundraising beauty day at Hair and Beauty By Clare Ashton, in Freckleton, where Abigail works. People could undergo beauty treatments, in return for a donation. The money raised will go towards the Jorgie Rae fund.
Abigail said it had been a big success.
She said: “It went really well, we had cakes, Prosecco, a raffle, and carried out beauty treatments. We raised £1,900. Jorgie Rae’s grandma came along and thanked everyone individually, which was lovely.
“I really enjoy the fundraising aspect of beauty pageants.
“The events have all gone well. The fitness event was great, because it got people up and moving and having fun, while raising money for a good cause.
“Taking part in events like this does boost your confidence. When I took part in the last pageant, when I was 14, I made the top 10 out of 180, and I sort of took it as a bit of a knock at the time.
“When you’re 14 things are different, and it was a big deal. I’ve got a different perspective now.
“I’m looking forward to the final, although I’m sure I’ll get nervous nearer the time.”