Why Miss Britain is working out for love

15th December 2017



A body building champion from Liverpool has added some festive cheer to her workouts.

Amy Newall from Kirkby, has been taking part in a charity Christmas jumper campaign for Shine, a spina bifida and hydrocephalus charity.

Shine is close to Amy’s heart because her niece, Tilly, has both conditions. The 30 year old said: “Tilly is amazing, she has a great character and one day she is going to be a TV star.”

Earlier this year Amy became Miss Liverpool and followed this by becoming Miss Britain in the athletic figure of the IBFA body building competition.

She added: “I started training four years ago when I finished work as a dental nurse to look after my son, Vincent who has autism. I watched a body building show and fell in love with it. Just to see how much hard work and dedication goes into it is amazing.

As well as helping with her confidence Amy said bodybuilding also helps her to cope with her son’s condition.

She added: “My life at home can be particularly stressful but going to the gym is just a massive release for me.”

And now she has turned her attention to helping Shine which has provided support to her sister and brother in law, Rachael and Stephen Vickers.

Rachael and Stephen’s daughter, Tilly, was born in September 2013 with spina bifida which was diagnosed prenatally during Rachael’s 20 week ultrasound scan. She was less than 24 hours old when she had her first operation, the closure on her back and at one month old she started to develop hydrocephalus.

During her first 12 months, she spent a lot of time in hospital but has since gone from strength to strength. Rachael said: “She had her first wheelchair just before she turned two, this has given her so much independence and her confidence and personality has just grown every day.

“She often tells us that she will be getting mummy and daddy a gold medal in the Olympics which we really believe she could achieve as she is a tough determined little girl.

She is just the happiest, funniest, cutest, best natured, loving little girl. Her contagious personality leaves a lasting impression on anyone who has had the pleasure to meet her.”

Money raised during the Christmas campaign will help Shine to deliver a comprehensive education and training project to help children and young people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus reach their full potential at school. You can add your support at

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