Jul 19 2009 by James McCarthy, Wales On Sunday
GORGEOUS Lucy Whitehouse was last night crowned winner of Miss Wales 2009.
The competition held at Cardiff International Arena raised more than £115,000 for charity.
The overjoyed Barry Hospital nurse won the title in front of an audience of 400.
The 21-year-old said: “I had no idea I would win, there were so many more amazing girls there than me here.
“I never thought I would do this but now I want to raise as much money as I can for charity.”
The slender blonde added: “In my spare time I enjoy socialising, going to the gym, promotional work, horse riding and spending time with the people I love.
“My achievements so far include representing Swansea in A TV ad, working alongside Joe Calzaghe as a bodyguard, and modelling for Channel 4.
“My main ambition in life is to qualify as a district nurse and be successful in everything I do.
“The competition has given me the opportunity to raise money for a wonderful cause, meet new people and have fun.”
Lucy beat off almost 70 contestants from around Wales to take the title.
A spokesman for the contest said: “Without question, the key objective of the Miss Wales event is to help raise funds for worthy causes. Our commitment to beauty with a purpose mirrors the Miss World ethos, which results in the organisation raising millions for charity on an annual basis.”
The Mr Wales title was won by Mark Tancock, 24, from Swansea.
The Miss Wales competition is sponsored by dress-stop.com in Cardiff. Cash raised at the event will go to the Joshua Foundation, a Welsh charity that provides holidays and other similar experiences for children with terminal cancer.