Oct 17 2012 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express
A bubbly teenager is flying the flag for Paisley in a prestigious competition which aims to prove that the youth of today have plenty to offer.
Amy Gardiner has been selected to represent the town at the Miss Teen Galaxy UK contest in March next year.
The 15-year-old schoolgirl is being sponsored by Paisley Autocare, and has been working hard to promote various charities in the run-up to the final.
She hosted a Stars in their Eyes charity night, alongside Barbara Bryceland, from the hit BBC talent show The Voice.
That event raised money for the C-Change charity, which helps people who have learning disabilities.
Amy also got involved with a 5k sponsored walk for Marie Curie Cancer Care, and toured a local fire station.
Together with her friends, she organised a bagpack at a Morrisons supermarket and raised a fantastic total of £582 for Yorkhill’s Radio Lollipop service.
Amy was also lucky enough to meet cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy at the Team GB Olympic homecoming event in Glasgow.
Her proud mum Janette said: “Amy has been wearing her Miss Teen Paisley sash at some events, and has been working really hard to present the town in a positive light.
“I am so proud of her for making the time to represent Paisley, and fundraise, while she is also in the middle of studying for exams at school.”
Amy will travel to Lancashire for next year’s Miss Teen Galaxy final and is one of four entrants from Scotland who have made it through to the UK showdown.
Her ultimate aim is to make it through to the Miss Teen International final, which will be held in the USA in 2014.
Janette said: “If there are any charity events happening around Paisley, Amy would like to get involved and support them in any way she can.
“She can do fundraising, or go along to help at gala days.”
Anyone who would like Amy to help out at their event can send her an e-mail at email@example.com