Amy has got a beauty of an idea of what to do in the future

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A TEENAGER is living her dream after reaching the final of a national beauty contest.

Amy Gardiner (15), from Springburn, will represent Paisley in the grand final of the Miss Teen Galaxy Scotland beauty pageant in Lancashire next March.

Amy, who is sponsored by Paisley Autocare, secured her place after sending in photos of herself to the competition.

And she could get the chance to represent Scotland in the Miss Teen Galaxy International beauty pageant in America next year if she wins the contest.

The fifth-year Springburn Academy pupil said: “This is a dream come true.

“I was surprised when I found out I’d got through. I was happy enough to just get the chance to get the experience, but when I got the e-mail to say I had got through it was amazing. I felt really proud.

“I’m delighted to get this far and I am hoping I can win it. I will try my hardest and hope for the best.

“It’s been an amazing experience.”

The pageant encourages contestants to take part in voluntary and fundraising work in their communities.

Amy is now keen to get involved locally before she competes next year and is asking any group that needs a helping hand to get in touch.

The aspiring model added: “Volunteering is something I’ve always wanted to get involved in since I was a little girl.

“My family have done fundraising and charity work, and I’ve always enjoyed it. It’s something I love doing and I’d like to encourage other girls to get involved as well.”

Janette Gardiner, Amy’s mum, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. She’s not entered anything like this before and I’m hoping she can win it.”

To contact Amy about voluntary placements e-mail

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