A FORMER Tiverton girl has reached the finals of Miss Galaxy UK, a pageant being held in Lancashire in early March.

Mel Harris, 20, went to Bolham Primary School and Tiverton High School before she left the area in 2008.

She said: “This competition is important to me as it allows me to raise money for several causes close to my heart, such as Bliss premature baby and force cancer care, who supported me and my family while my mum and late stepfather battled cancer.”

Mel now lives in Barnsley, Yorkshire, but has to raise £250 sponsorship to secure her place in the finals.

To sponsor her, email mel.harris91@hotmail.co.uk