AN EVESHAM born paramedic has been chosen from 12 finalists to represent her adopted county of Staffordshire in the 2016 Miss England contest.
Kim Jones, 24, made her way through three rounds on stage in front of a panel of judges at a charity lunch held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday, May 29 as she beat off stiff competition to be crowned this year’s Miss Staffordshire.
She will now compete at the Miss England finals in July where she’ll go up against 49 other regional winners to try and take the national title.
Each entrant had to show how they best represent the competition’s motto of ‘beauty with a purpose’ by showing their commitment to their county and to charity.
Now a paramedic for West Midlands Ambulance Service, Kim went to Evesham High School, leaving in 2010 to study at the University of Northampton where she gained a degree in Paramedic Science.
Following her win, Kim said: “I’m really looking forward to representing Staffordshire and all my colleagues in the West Midlands Ambulance Service at Southport next month.
“It is going to take a lot of work to prepare myself and to undertake all the challenges required in the few remaining weeks, working around my 12 hour shifts.
“But I’m determined to do my best for myself, for everyone who has a role in caring for others at time of need and for the great county that is now my home.
“I am so grateful for the support I’m getting from my boyfriend, James Woolgar who also comes from Evesham, from WMAS my employers, and from my family and friends in my home town.
“This contest is hard work, but very worthwhile.
“Its a million miles away from the old style beauty pageants that people might remember from the 1970s.”
Kim’s progress during her year-long reign can be found on Facebook by searching ‘Kim Jones- Miss Staffordshire 2016.’