Firefighter turned beauty queen Kirsty Hornby is on her way to Disneyland Paris after winning a regional modelling competition.
The 28-year-old, who worked in at St Helens fire station, won the Face of Merseyside content and will now fly to the French capital to compete for the European and World titles.
As part of her preparations for the beauty competitions, Kirsty has been busying herself with various different events, including a number of fundraisers for cancer charities.
Fitted in with her duties as a firefighters and training as a bodybuilder, here’s a brief glimpse into Kirsty’s hectic diary, in her own words...
Thursday, October 8 – Mac Millian’s Cancer support serving tea, biscuits and cakes at Knowsley Hall for the Soroptimist International St Helen's Biggest Coffee Morning.
Tuesday, October 13 – Honoured to be asked by Brown Owl to visit my local Brownies for International Girls day, to inform all the young girls about my pageant journey and being a fire fighter. In the photograph is Freya Moran on the left and Talia Orbruk.
Every penny from the personal training sessions went directly to the charity Headway supporting the survivors of brain injury, their families and carersFirefighter Kirsty Hornby
Friday, October 16 – At St Helens Hospital selling handmade pink flower badges and pink flower bag accessories to raise Breast Cancer Awareness, with the Soroptimist International all funds raised are donated to the Lilac Center in St Helens Hospital.
Saturday, October 17 - Visit to meet Kenny Derbyshire from the Hillsborough Victims Support Group. As the face of Merseyside I know the Hillsborough tragedy that affected so many people’s lives. This is why I have decided to start fundraising for the charity and supporting the work they do.
On return from Paris I will be hosting a event and auctioning off two of my dresses, one beautiful ball gown designed by Liverpool designer Mark Melia. And the second dress is Merseyside themed by Mabel Doll, which has a very unique artwork print on it, will also be auctioned off for a little girl from Liverpool who is currently fighting her own battle against cancer.
Wednesday, October 28 – Tyrers Fashion Show for Steve Prescott Foundation. I spent the day voluntary working for Tyrers. My jobs ranged from fitting models with 12 scene outfits each, transporting the clothing and dressing the venue. I’m photographed myself with Linzi Prescott and Ali Tyrer.
Friday, October 30 – Queenie’s Ladies do Lunch at Hilton Hotel Liverpool. I was selected by Mark Melia Designs to be one of his eight models for Herbert’s of Liverpool’s charity catwalk. It was an amazing opportunity to meet other models and beauty queens and wear some unbelievable one off dresses.
Kirsty said: “As well as supporting numerous charities and working operationally as a fire fighter, training as a competitive bikini body builder, on my days off I have managed to raise £500.00 by delivering personal training sessions.
“Every penny from the personal training sessions went directly to the charity Headway supporting the survivors of brain injury, their families and carers.
“I have spent time with the members of Headway Wirral which was great to experience how my fundraising efforts can continue the great line life services Headway provides.
“I am looking forward to being a part of this in this international pageant; I am hoping to do Merseyside proud. I would like to thanks all the people I have met along my journey so far, the support I have had has been fantastic and on my return from Paris I will be continuing fundraising and supporting local charities and events.”