Charity champion crowned Miss Preston

Miss Preston finals 2015. Pictured are   L-R Olivia Parry - Dominique Harrison-Bentzen (winner) - Stephanie Leeson (2013/14 winner) Holly Moore

Miss Preston finals 2015. Pictured are L-R Olivia Parry - Dominique Harrison-Bentzen (winner) - Stephanie Leeson (2013/14 winner) Holly Moore

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A student who raised more than £45,000 for a homeless charity after sleeping rough on the streets, has been crowned Miss Preston.

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen from Leyland said she was “overwhelmed” at taking the title at a glamorous ceremony at the Playhouse Theatre on Friday night, and wants to use it as a platform to inspire others.

She was chosen after raising £1,430 for the Variety Children’s Charity by completing sponored walks and encouraging schools to hold charity days.

She was also commended for going into schools to talk about homelessness and her fundraising experiences, as well as making an eco-dress out of recycled materials for the competition finale.

Event organiser Mark Jones said: “Dominique is beautiful, but that’s only a tiny bit of the competition. We were looking for an ambassador for Preston and we felt that Dominique had already put herself in that role.”

Her win means that Dominique will now go on to compete in the semi-final of Miss England.

Holly Moore, 17, came in second and Olivia Parry, 22, was third.

Sixteen-year-old Abbie Kerr won the title of Junior Miss Preston with Jasmin Critchley, 15, in second place and Charlotte Richardson, 16, in third.