A recruiter from Reading who has 'never walked a catwalk before' has qualified for the Miss England semi-finals.

But Rhianna Davis, who lives in Tilehurst, isn’t after the main prize – she wants to win the Charity Queen title so she can raise more money for groups that help people like her Grandad, who died from lung cancer in 2018.

The 24-year-old has fundraised for charity each year since she was 17, inspired by her brother, whose autism means he requires around-the-clock care.

“Growing up and seeing him grow as well and how it affected the family – my mum particularly, who is his full-time carer – I’ve been around that my whole life and I’ve always wanted to give back,” said Rhianna, who works for Blackberry.

“What charities can provide is amazing. Because of that, it inspired me to do more, and do my bit for charity.”

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She continued: “Over the last seven years I’ve made it my mission to do something every single year for charity, from cake sales right through to a sky dive.”

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On July 16, she completed the Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course in Prospect Park in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Rhianna entered Miss England with the hope that the exposure would give her more opportunities to work closely with charities.

“I absolutely did not expect to get this far at all.

“I went into a virtual heat, was amazed I even got that far, and now I’m going to the semi-finals, so it’s a bit of a shock but I’m really excited.”

The public chose her and 39 others out of 5,000 entrants for a place in the penultimate round of the competition, based on photos and an introductory video they submitted.

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Rhianna said: “What I would really love more than anything – like I said, to me it’s not about vanity and beauty its more about the charity – what I’d really love is to get the charity queen title.”

To do so, Rhianna will have to raise the most money among all the contestants, and she’s already making headway on her Justgiving page for charity Beauty with a Purpose.

On August 22, Rhianna will travel to the Taj Hotel, London, for the semi-finals, where she will be interviewed by a panel of judges and take on the catwalk.

“I’m nervous, I’m excited, because it’s something I’ve never done before.

“I’ve come from no modelling background, so I have absolutely no idea how to do a proper catwalk but it’s just something I’m going to wing on the day.”

If she impresses, she will go on to the finals where contestants compete in various rounds such as sports or climate awareness.