A budding Harrogate beauty queen is battling for the title of Miss Leeds from her hospital bed after an accident left her with burns to 25 per cent of her body.
Lucy Morgan, 18, a former Harrogate Grammar School pupil has been in Pinderfields Hospital specialist burn unit since she was injured in an explosion on March 9.
Lucy said she was sitting around a bonfire with friends when a metal container of flammable liquid exploded leaving her and two of her friends with severe burns.
Lucy said: “I remember rolling on the grass and shouting for people to get me water, but the flames wouldn’t go out. My friend put the flames out with a blanket.
“Everything seemed so rushed but I think that was just the adrenalin.”
Lucy has had three operations in three weeks in hospital and needed skin grafts on her hand, arms and legs.
She was left with burns on her face, but has said she won’t drop out of the Miss Leeds contest, despite her injuries.
“I thought about dropping out but I am lucky, it could have been a lot worse, I could have lost my sight.
“The final is on May 10 and I might still be bandaged up and it might be hard for me to walk but I want to take part.
“People think you need to be perfect to be a beauty queen but I am still going to do it anyway.”
The Craven College student has been canvassing for votes online from her hospital bed.
She said: “On Facebook people have been saying really nice things and have been so supportive.”
Lucy also has the backing of Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre where she works part-time as a charity fundraising coordinator.
“It’s so nice to know people are supporting me, without them I wouldn’t be able to take part.”
Lucy has previously organised a charity horse ride to raise funds for breast cancer care UK and says she will continue charity fundraising when she leaves hospital.
“I want to try and do some fundraising for the burns unit, the staff here have been fantastic and there is a lot to build the confidence of children who have been burnt.”
Lucy came in third place in last year’s Miss Harrogate contest and has remained friends with winner Olivia Caven who is backing Lucy’s bid to be Miss Leeds.
She said: “I thought the contest would be scary and competitive but it was really fun, I really enjoyed it.”
To vote for Lucy in the Miss Popularity round text ‘MISS LEEDS23’ to 64343 (texts cost £1 plus standard rate.)