A RECEPTION with the lord of the manor is not something you would expect to receive after a 3.6 mile hike in high heels.

However, that is exactly what greeted 16-year-old Samantha Rostron, of Halesowen, when she completed her fundraising trek at Hagley Hall.

As part of her bid to become Miss Birmingham, Samantha has to complete fundraising for Beauty with a Purpose, a charity which supports disadvantaged children around the world.

She decided to carry out the 3.6 mile high heel walk from her home to Hagley in the hope of raising £150.

At the end of her charity walk, Samantha was greeted by Lord Cobham with a donation of £100 and an invitation into Hagley Hall for a well earned cup of tea.

Samantha said: “Although it was raining, I managed the hike in my black heels with only a couple of blisters.”

She has so far raised £250 for the cause, also receiving sponsorship from My Sister’s Closet, in Stourbridge High Street, but will continue to fundraise until the final of Miss Birmingham on March 15, where she will compete in a 40-strong line up.

Samantha said she cannot wait to take part in the contest and is looking forward to competing against the other hopefuls.

She said: “It has been something I have wanted to do for a number of years.

“If I win I would like to use the title to stand up for charities and help to change the beauty stereotypes.”

As well as raising money, Samantha has had to take part in sporting competitions and design an Eco dress, where she made a dress laden with old buttons, bows and ties.

Samantha’s mother, Katie Rostron, said: “I think it’s a really good thing for Samantha to be getting involved with.

“She has had to put a lot of hard work into it, a lot more than I had expected, as it is not just about her standing there looking pretty.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Samantha can do so by visiting virginmoneygiving.com/samantharostron