Miss Fermanagh Roisin McDevitt has certainly had a whirlwind few months.
After being placed as a runner up in the Miss Tyrone heats of the Miss Northern Ireland competition she was then asked to take part in the Miss Ireland semi-finals under her Miss Fermanagh title, much to her amazement.
After going along with an open mind she got through to the Miss Ireland Finals. Despite being a very capable and professional model and ambassador Roisin is a newcomer to the role.
She never envisioned herself doing anything like this, however she has shown herself to be more than capable.
Her professional approach has seen her being signed to ACA Models and doing countless photo shoots and promotional work throughout the country.
Despite only holding the title for a few weeks and not being from Fermanagh Roisin has committed herself fully to her role and duties, especially her charity work.
One cause she has committed herself fully to is a specific ward at the Royal Victoria hospital where one Fermanagh family have spent so much of their time.
Throughout the year she will be helping the Neill family to raise money for baby Aimee Neill and the NI children’s hospice. Aimee is only 7 months old and since she was 4 weeks old she has been in and out of hospital.
She has uncontrollable epilepsy and takes multiple seizures each day and night and is on a number of different medications and has had a major impact on her development.
It is mum Michelle’s aim to be able to purchase Aimee a special supportive seat and extra physiotherapy to rebuild her muscle tone as well as donating money to the N.I. Children’s Hospice.
The ‘Paul Ward’, where Aimee spends much of her time, is situated in the Royal Victoria Children’s hospital in Belfast and is a neurological/ burns unit for children.
Aimee’s mum Michelle has also been raising money for the Paul Ward so she can buy gifts for the ward, including emergency toiletry bags for parents staying overnight, a chair for one of the side rooms on the ward, toys, laptops and much much more.
“I want to use my Miss Fermanagh title to the best of my ability and fulfil my role. I feel that working with Michelle and Aimee and her family was the best charity to work with because Michelle herself works so hard and I want to try to help her as much as I possibly can,” Roisin explained.
“I feel that what Michelle is doing is very selfless. She has a sick baby to care for but still finds it in her heart to help raise awareness of the hospice and to raise money for families who are affected similarly to her.”
On the 23rd August Roisin will be participating in the Belfast Colour Run along with Aimee’s mum Michelle and friends and supporters.
Michelle has set up a team to help raise money for Aimee and the NI Children’s hospice.
If you would like to join the team in the colour run/walk or donate to the fund you can find out more information at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/our-wee-aimee/204909#sthash.a1qcLDHU.dpuf