Skye is the limit for teen

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A hard-working South Normanton girl who has been awarded the National Role Model title is appealing for businesses to help her raise funds for charity.

Skye Newton, 17, of Union Street, has until May 2017 to raise as much money as she can for the Christie Charitable Fund and for Pegasus Children’s Project in Nepal.

If she is successful she will spend a week in Nepal working with children at a Kathmandu hostel.

Skye’s mum, Marcia, said the teenager was a quiet girl who had first-hand experience of the effect that disadvantage had on young people after volunteering at a local youth club.

She said: “We are from a council estate and Skye wants to motivate people to realise it does not matter where you come from.

“A lot of teenagers in the village are getting into drugs and she wants to show them they can achieve things too.”

Skye began volunteering and fundraising for various organisations after entering a beauty pageant and during the last two years has raised more than £7,000 for causes including breast cancer research and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

She is currently entered into three beauty queen pageants to represent Derbyshire next year, including Miss Teen Galaxy in March, Miss Teen Diamond in April and Miss Teen Elite in May.

Skye, who is also training for a blackbelt in kickboxing and works part-time as a waitress, hopes to study for a degree in social work.

The teenager is also learning to drive and helps mum, Marcia, care for her disabled sister.

She will be holding a number of fundraising events for the two charities over the coming months.

If you would like to sponsor one, please phone Marcia on 07920 069368 or email skyevolunteer@icloud.com.

To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/skye-newton.