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Miss Preston 2015 competition won by Dominique Harrison-Bentzen who raised thousands for city homeless

Posted on - 5th April, 2015 - 1:41pm | Author - | Posted in - News, People
Dominique, centre, with Holly, right, and Olivia, left

Dominique, centre, with Holly, right, and Olivia, left Pic: Hayley Taylor

A Preston student who raised tens of thousands of pounds for the homeless of the city has been crowned this year’s Miss Preston.

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Dominique Harrison-Bentzen, 22, won the title at a ceremony at Preston Playhouse Theatre on Friday.

She caught the attention of the world’s media in December when she spent 24 hours on the streets of the city to show the harsh realities facing those without a home in Preston.

Dominique, second from left, on the city streets with friends

Dominique, second from left, on the city streets with friends

In total she raised £40,000 which was transferred to The Foxton Centre that helps rough sleepers in the city.

Dominique on stage with last year's Miss Preston Stephanie Leeson Pic: Hayley Taylor

Dominique on stage with last year’s Miss Preston Stephanie Leeson Pic: Hayley Taylor

Dominique won this year’s competition, with Holly Moore finishing second and Olivia Parry third. She takes over the crown from the 2014/15 Miss Preston Stephanie Leeson.

Dominique took to Facebook in the early hours of Saturday morning to thank those who had backed her.

She said: “It is an absolute dream come true. Thank you to everone for your amazing support.

“I couldn’t have spent the experience with more kind hearted inspiring young girls and well done to all of you. You’re all winners.

“I am absolutely honoured to be handed the title by the beautiful Steph Leeson. I hope I can follow in your footsteps and make you proud.”

The Junior Miss Preston was also crowned at the ceremony. With Abbie Kerr winning, Jasmin Critchley second and Charlotte Richardson third.

The junior Miss Preston winner with runner-up and third place Pic: Hayley Taylor

The junior Miss Preston winner Abbie Kerr with runner-up and third place Pic: Hayley Taylor

Dominique now goes through to represent Preston in the Miss England semi-final.

More information and pictures are available on the Miss England North West Facebook page

What do you think of the decision? Did you enter? Let us know in the comments below

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