A student from Eastbourne hoping to become Miss Great Britain 2013 is appealing for sponsorship.
Twenty-year-old Ayo Sokale will represent Sussex in the finals of the 2013 beauty pageant.
She will go head to head with other contestants in November but says she will not be able to compete if she cannot secure £300 in sponsorship.
The former Willingdon School and Moira House pupil said, “Without a sponsor, I will not be able progress through the competition and compete for the prestigious title of Miss Great Britain.
“A local business would benefit from being my sponsor and it would not only mean better recognition in Eastbourne but it would dramatically increase exposure in the UK.
“The cost of sponsoring me is £300. I know this an additional expense for a business but I feel it could be of great benefit as it’s great promotion for them on my social networking sites.
“I would also do promotional work for my new sponsor with my title.”
Ayo lives in Willingdon but is currently studying civil engineering at Plymouth University.
She is no stranger to entering beauty pageants.
Earlier this year as the holder of the title of Miss Plymouth Galaxy, Ayo narrowly lost out in her bid to become Miss UK Galaxy.
Ayo said, “My mum and sister originally encouraged me to enter.
“As a civil engineering student it’s not the most usual thing to do, but it’s a great opportunity.
“I have raised money for various charities including Starlight Children’s Foundation which is close to my heart. It’s important to give something back.”
Ayo added, “I am so pleased. To think I will be in the final is incredible and I am so looking forward to it. I just need to get a sponsor.”
Ayo is already sponsored by Claire de Lune Bridal in South Street and recently took part in a fashion show featuring fashions from the shop.
Anyone wishing to find out more about sponsoring Ayo can contact her via www.missgreatbritain.co.uk/region/sussex/ or at https://twitter.com/AyoSokale or on facebook page www.facebook.com/MissGBSussex.
Ayo also has a blog at http://ayomissgbsussex.blogspot.co.uk/