Erin Mary McNeill
Lives in Scotland
After being badly burned in a house fire on the 15th of February 2009, sustaining 45% burns, Erin was told she would never walk again at the age of 18.
7 Months later Erin was discharged from Glasgow Royal Infirmary and she took it upon herself to fight back.
Erin immediately began fundraising and to date has raised in all over $125,000 for UK Charities.
The fire service then became very close to Erin’s heart and she has devoted 3 years Voluntary service to the Scottish Fire Service in Community Fire Safety dedicating her time to educating in Schools, Groups all over the UK and even Scottish Prisons about Fire Safety and the Consequences fire can have on your life. 2011 Was an outstanding year for Erin when she was recognised as Supporter of the Year at the Firefighters Charity Awards and even attended the prestigious Number 10 Downing Street in London, England but 2012 was to blow everything out of the water.
2012 started with a bang when Erin won the Sunday Mail Readers Award at the Young Scot of the Year Awards, but the best was yet to come, Erin was announced as Overall Young Scottish Person of the Year 2012. From this moment Erin knew she had so much more ambition to fulfil, One evening she entered a beauty pageant to really challenge the Beauty industry after they showed discrimination against a friend with a disfigurement on British TV. To Erin’s Disbelief she was accepted and since then she has never looked back, Going straight into compete at International Level in Pageantry although receiving no Training , Erin has competed in over 12 pageants this year Nationally and Internationally in Portugal, Wales, England, France, Jamaica & Chicago, USA. In June Erin even had the honour to receive and invitation to Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh from HM The Queen and then when onto appear on daytime British TV to explain about the positive side of pageantry explaining “There is more to beauty pageants than just image”.
In October of 2012 Erin was then awarded British Inspirational Women of the Year 2012 and a couple of days later British Red Cross Fundraiser of the 2012 and the amazingly prestigious British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen of the 2012, This was a dream come true as Erin was preparing for the most important pageant of the year the one she could relate most closely with, the United Nation International Pageant run by Jessica Thompson-Clarke held in the beautiful surroundings of Negril, Jamaica. The pageant from day one appealed to Erin, a one of a kind pageant who specifically focused on humanity, volunteering and fundraising, in doing good for others less fortunate for yourself. From reading all of Erin’s achievements above you can imagine just how passionate she was about the United Nation International Pageant System.
In November Erin, Miss Scotland United Nation International 2012 competed against beautiful, intelligent women from all over the world, She had an amazing experience and the hard work paid off when she was crowned our 2012 Queen. Miss United Nation International 2012. Erin has already planned to visit many places like the USA, Canada & Africa within her reign, being on the go all the time she has already began to fundraise for many charities, and has received a private invitation to the Scottish Government. On twitter Erin has also received celebrity support from Katie Piper & Gordon Ramsay. Im sure Erin will do amazing things with her title and she is sincerely looking forward to returning to Jamaica in 2013 to Crown the next Queen.
“The United Nation International Pageant is one of a kind, and is by far the most individual and unique pageant I have competed in, I would like to thank all involved especially my wonderful Director Jessica Thompson-Clarke without you none of this would have been possible, I am honoured to be your Queen and I shall do my very best in my Reign to fundraise, volunteer and make a difference in the UN”.