Mrs Aberdeen to use crown to high­light good causes

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES - BY JAMES WYLLIE

A north-east beauty queen has vowed to use her tal­ents to help put an end to sex­ual vi­o­lence across the world.

Alana Stott, who lives in Peter­cul­ter with her hus­band Dean and chil­dren Mol­lie and Tommy, was crowned the first ever Mrs Aberdeen ear­lier this year.

She is now hop­ing to use the ac­co­lade to high­light char­ity cam­paigns against hu­man traf­fick­ing and vi­o­lence as she pre­pares to com­pete for the ti­tle of Mrs Scot­land in Septem­ber.

When she is not strut­ting her stuff on stage, Mrs Stott has a packed sched­ule to keep on top of.

She is cur­rently run­ning a cam­paign to gen­er­ate £1 mil­lion for eight men­tal health char­i­ties op­er­at­ing in the UK.

Part of these ef­forts in­cluded sup­port­ing her hus­band as he pushed him­self to the limit by cy­cling 14,000 miles through North and South Amer­ica for the cause – col­lect­ing two Guin­ness World Records in the process.

Mrs Stott also or­gan­ised the glitzy Heads To­gether fash­ion show and ladies’ lunch in May, bring­ing to­gether women from across the north-east to raise money.

De­scrib­ing her up­bring­ing as “dif­fi­cult,” Mrs Stott has risen to the chal­lenge on ev­ery oc­ca­sion. She got her first job at 11 and by 14 she was run­ning her own tele­sales team.

Since then she has man­aged a bank, qual­i­fied as a close pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer, and be­come an ad­vanced sports nu­tri­tion­ist.

Mrs Stott also vol­un­teers with the Rape Cri­sis Cen­tre, is a mem­ber of The Chil­dren’s Hear­ing Panel and has been named an hon­orary mem­ber of The SBS As­so­ci­a­tion, which pro­vides sup­port for Spe­cial Forces sol­diers.

She said: “I’m hon­oured to have been be­stowed the ti­tle of Mrs Aberdeen and it would be a dream come true to be crowned Mrs Scot­land.

“The judges are look­ing for a suc­cess­ful wife, mother, busi­ness woman and phi­lan­thropist, and while it’s a priv­i­leged to be con­sid­ered wor­thy, I will al­ways be me, do­ing what I can to make a dif­fer­ence”.

She added: “I in­tend to utilise the Mrs Aberdeen plat­form to spot­light hu­man traf­fick­ing and sex­ual vi­o­lence, I’m ap­palled that peo­ple are bought and sold and will do ev­ery­thing I can to end such prac­tices.

“I use my ex­pe­ri­ences to help other women to be­lieve in them­selves as I have learned to do, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to oth­ers and know how re­ward­ing it is from all my pre­vi­ous char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Pic­ture cour­tesy of reader Hazel Thom­son, El­gin

Golfers, sun­bathers and swim­mers en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful beaches at Traigh, Ari­saig, Lochaber. Am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers are in­vited to sub­mit pic­tures for in­clu­sion. Please send high-qual­ity prints to: Scot­tish Life, Press and Jour­nal, Lang Stra­cht,...

Alana Stott with her hus­band Dean and chil­dren Mol­lie and Tommy

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