Exmouth and Topsham to be represented at Miss Devon finals

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 April 2017

Keira McMaster, a care worker from Exmouth, is hoping to be named Miss Devon 2017 next month

Keira McMaster, a care worker from Exmouth, is hoping to be named Miss Devon 2017 next month

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An Exmouth teenager is hoping to win Miss Devon 2017 to raise awareness of a condition which has affected her family.

Sasha Ingham, from Topsham, is hoping to be named Miss Devon 2017.Sasha Ingham, from Topsham, is hoping to be named Miss Devon 2017.

Care worker Kiera McMaster, 18, from Withycombe, has been selected as one of the finalists in the regional heats of the competition.

For the fundraising round of the contest, Kiera has chosen to raise awareness of dementia, the illness which her great-gran died from.

Kiera said: “It is really important to me to raise awareness of dementia, as it had such a huge impact on my family and I.

“Before my great-gran was diagnosed with the illness, I didn’t really know much about it.

“Losing her encouraged me to apply for my job at Bluebird Care so that I can help other people with dementia and other illnesses by being supportive and caring.”

Bluebird Care in Exmouth has agreed to sponsor Kiera in her quest to be named Miss Devon 2017.

Kiera is organising a charity fundraiser on Monday, April 17, at Bedford Square, Exeter, from noon, which will include artists and musicians from across Devon.

One of the competitors Kiera will be up against in the pageant is 22-year-old self-employed sports trainer Sasha Ingham, from Topsham.

She also reached the semi-final last year and is hopeful of going one step further in 2017.

Sasha said: “Last year’s contest blew away all my expectations and didn’t feel like a competition.

“I’ve learned a lot from last year – it is not just a contest.”

Sasha, who started an initiative in Exeter where people can donate coats and jackets to the homeless, is being sponsored by Bird Sunglasses.

In partnership with Solar Aid, the ‘business of purpose’ donates a solar light to a sub-Saharan family for every pair of glasses sold.

The public vote is open until the final, which is being held in Exeter on Sunday, April 30.

To vote for Kiera, send the text message MISS DEVON07 to 63333. To vote for Sasha, text MISS DEVON13 to the same number.

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