After finishing second out of 20,000 women looking to become Miss England, a former Spalding High School pupil is vowing to continue to inspire others and raise money for charity.
Domenique Fragale (24) was named first runner-up in last week’s Miss England competition.
She’d taken on the competition after years of fundraising for Leukemia charities after her dad Eric’s battle with the disease and working with mental health charities after losing a friend to suicide.
After winning through to the Miss England finals, she wowed the judges once again in rounds including swimsuit, charity work and the first ever no-make up round.
Though she just missed out on taking the top title awarded to Pilgrim Hospital junior doctor Bhasha
Mukherjee, she and her Spalding based family were left incredible proud to be first runner-up.
Domenique described her participation in the event as ”life changing”.
“I’m really proud and happy,” she said afterwards. “Now I’m ambitious to inspire others in this country.
“The whole event was just a whirlwind and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“I kept saying I wasn’t going to cry given there were about six million people around the world watching, but when I saw how proud and happy my parents were, I nearly went there and then.
“They’ve been so supportive I wanted to make sure they were proud, and they said they were.”
Alongside her own fundraising, the competitors helped raise £36,000 for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund which includes a £250 donation from Ashwood Homes whom Domenique visited before the competition last week.
As a runner-up she’s set to be heading to Miss World
being held in London later this year and expanding her charity work including as an ambassador for the Diana Award Against Bullying.
She said: “I will be continuing to take donations to various hospitals on their children’s units and cancer care departments around the country with kind donations I have worked to receive from The Walt Disney Company,” with whom she works closely.