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'I'm doing this for my mum' – 62-year-old reaches Miss Great Britain finals

A former West Midlands Ambulance worker hopes to claim the top prize in Miss Great Britain's Classic category this year.

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Miss Great Britain finalist Deborah Robbin-Giles is raising money for Cancer Research and children's charity Alex's Wish

Dudley resident Deborah Robbin-Giles will be raising money all year in preparation for the snazzy show's conclusion, including running a mile-a-day in May, and will be raising money for Cancer Research UK and children's charity Alex's Wish after witnessing her late mother battle ovarian cancer in 1995.

It's not the first time beauty queen Deborah has been in the running for the first place podium, after qualifying for the same event last year, but she was unable to attend due to sickness.

Miss Great Britain is the UK's oldest pageant, first named 'Bathing Beauty Queen' in the summer of 1945, becoming an annual event that took place across various seaside resorts in the 1950s and early 1960s, before becoming a televised staple competition.

Deborah Robbin-Giles

The classic category sees women over 45 compete to take the top spot by battling it out in a mixture of categories including swimwear, day-wear and an interview segment, before ending with the grand finale in an evening dress.

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