Anika Walia, a dentist from Middlesex, has made it through to the Grand Final of the Miss England competition.

The two-day final will take place on the 31 July and 1 August in Newcastle.

Anika made it through after receiving the most public votes in the semi finals stage.

‘If I have the opportunity to win the title of Miss England,’ Ms Walia explained.

‘It will provide me with a platform to advocate for causes I truly believe in and be a voice for the voiceless.

‘Through my “Beauty With A Purpose” project, I make it my mission to empower others to achieve equality and the right to live with dignity and self-esteem.

‘If any readers would like to contribute towards my charitable cause, they can do this by donating on: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anika-walia.

‘I am also taking my dental studies further to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

‘I hope to provide free cleft palate and cleft lip treatment, especially in rural areas of the world.’

Finalists

The winner of Miss England will go on to represent England at the Miss World competition.

They could also go on to win a luxury holiday to Mauritius and a wardrobe of dresses to take to Miss World.

To see of the Miss England finalists visit www.missengland.info/qualifiers/finals.

‘The competition is much more than a physical beauty contest,’ Miss England national director, Angie Beasley, said.

‘The girls are encouraged to be charitable, sporty and an all round good role model.’