PEOPLE in East Lancashire are being urged to pick up the phone and get behind a local beauty queen in her bid to make the Miss England final.

Aysha Khan, a 20-year-old primary school assistant teacher from Blackburn, won the Miss Lancashire 2019 title in January.

The aspiring teacher is hoping to continue her success after becoming the first British Asian to win the Miss Lancashire title.

A public vote is now open in the semi-finals of the competition where she will compete against 11 other women from northern counties. 

The most popular regional contestants will be selected to join others from big cities in the English final.

Aysha said: “I’m really excited for the semi-final. I can’t believe how fast time has flown since I was crowned Miss Lancashire. 

“I know that throughout this journey of mine, I will make changes and create a lasting effect on people’s lives, helping them in every way I can.

“I have various projects lined up and I can’t wait to represent East Lancashire again on the Miss England stage. I want to thank everyone for their support so far.”

Miss Khan has been fundraising for most of her life, starting at 12, taking part in various projects including on homelessness in East Lancashire.

She recently embarked on a seven-day relief mission to the border of Turkey and Syria, where refugee camps are set up to help wounded civilians, orphans and displaced families.

Aysha is now raising money for Papyrus, a suicide prevention charity for young people, raising awareness on mental health, especially within young people.

She is planning a spin class at DW gym, a sponsored hike called the HULK walk, and on June 26 will be taking part in the race for life at Witton. 

The public vote will close on June 16, after which all finalists will be announced. To vote for Miss Khan, text Miss North02 to 63333. All texts cost 50p.