A Fraserburgh born mother of two won a national beauty pageant on Saturday, scooping two awards while raising £1,500 for charity.
Mintlaw resident Frances Boyle, 35, was crowned Ms Charity and Ms Year in Platinum Promotion’s over 30 category, raising money for cancer charity Maggie’s Aberdeen.
Frances said: “I’m completely overwhelmed, it’s not something I’ve ever done before.”
She added: “It’s all very new and surreal but I’m loving it so far.”
Frances decided to raise money for Maggie’s after losing her father and a work colleague to cancer in recent years and witnessing the first hand difference the organisation made to her son’s nursery teacher.
She said: “During Dad’s diagnosis and treatment, Maggie’s was only in the planning and building stages.
“After hearing what the Centre, and its specialists and volunteers do for those experiencing the same thing, there was really no doubt in my mind as to who to raise the money for.”
Frances won her double award at Inverness’ Mercure Hall, working hard on both her charity work and stage costumes throughout the year.
She said: “To win my very first beauty pageant is a great feeling however knowing the funds raised by the generous local community will go some way towards the transformation of lives affected by cancer in the North-east is absolutely fantastic.”
Susan Sutherland, Centre Head at Maggie’s Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted that Frances has won Miss Year.
“When Frances approached us and told us her story and her motivation for getting involved with Miss Year, it struck a chord.”
Ms Sutherland added: “Like many people, Frances has been affected by cancer and we were delighted to hear that she recognised the value of our work.”
The £1,500 raised by Frances was double that of her original goal of £750