A BEAUTY queen from Kidderminster has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity as she bids to become Miss England.

Current Miss Worcestershire Chloe Palmer completed a gruelling triathlon that saw her horse ride, cycle and finally run more than 51 miles from Kidderminster to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in under six hours.

Her efforts saw her raise £500 which, along with other fund-raising activities she has taken part in, means she has collected £1,000 for the Miss England ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ charity that supports disadvantaged children around the world.

The triathlon is part of her attempt to be crowned Miss England, the finals for which take place on August 13 and 14 at the Ricoh Arena.

Other aspects of the competition will include top model, talent, sports and ‘beach beauty’ rounds.

She is also busy preparing her Echo dress which has to be a James bond theme while her sponsor Adele Louise Bridal, from Wolverhampton, will supply her with an evening gown for the event.

The 20-year-old said: “I completed my ‘Personal Triathlon’ on Saturday (August 1) within my 6 hour target.

“This was even more of an achievement as we changed my route therefore the combined total mileage was 51.25 miles.

“The event started on my horse at 6.15am from Kidderminster to Hagley Hall and from there I hopped on my bike that was kindly donated for the event by Overspoke Bikes in Bewdley for 39 miles.

“The route took me through Bromsgrove, Redditch, Henley-on-Arden, Warwick and finally up the main A46 into Coventry where I then was joined by my brother, Thomas. We jogged six miles through the City Centre to the Ricoh Arena and arrived at 12noon.

“Surprisingly I felt really good, but I did it so speedily that my family were having a coffee in the Tesco store opposite when I arrived.

“There is still lots of preparation to do such as finishing my Eco dress, keeping fit for the sports round and picking my lovely evening gown up from my wonderful sponsor Adele Louise Bridal in Wolverhampton.”

People can also vote for Chloe to become Miss England to help her achieve her ambition. Simply text ‘MISSENGLAND11’ to 63333. Texts cost 50p and all proceeds go directly to ‘Beauty with a Purpose’.