A JOHNSTONE beauty queen has told of her delight after being offered a youth ambassador role with Barnardo's, writes Gregg Kelly

Miss Scotland finalist Nadia Bella Allan has close links to the children's charity, having helped out at her local fundraising store.

And she didn't hesitate when Miss Scotland organisers asked which charity she planned to raise money for as part of her campaign.

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After inviting Barnardo's representatives along to a fundraising event she had organised, 20-year-old Nadia was stunned when the charity contacted here a few days later to ask if she would become a youth ambassador.

Nadia, who was supported by Barnardo’s at a difficult time in her life, said: "As part of the Miss Scotland campaign, we raise money for our chosen charity and I wanted to thank Barnardo's for everything they did for me when I was growing up.

"The charity night was fabulous and, a few days later, I got the email about this opportunity.

"I'm sure I was in tears after reading it. The charity has given me so much, so to get this role is an honour."

Lee Johnstone, head of fundraising for Barnardo's Scotland, said Nadia's role as a young ambassador will give her the chance to show others how the charity has made a positive impact on her life.

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He added: "Hearing directly from Nadia and other young ambassadors will inspire and motivate funders towards supporting the charity.

"In return, we are committed to ensuring that Nadia’s participation in various events and activities as a young ambassador helps to enhance her future personal and career goals."

Nadia is competing against 17 other women from across Scotland who have set their sights on winning the prestigious Miss Scotland crown.

The grand final will be held at The Corinthian Club, in Glasgow, on Saturday, June 8.

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