A BURNS survivor from Wrexham spoke of her delight at taking part in a beauty campaign and helping others become more confident about their scars.

Catrin Pugh, from Rossett, suffered burns to 96 per cent of her body in a crash in France when she was 19.

The 26-year-old is one of five inspiring women who feature in Avon's Herstory beauty campaign and is an ambassador for Changing Faces, the UK’s leading charity for everyone with a scar, mark or condition on their face or body that makes them look different.

Speaking of the campaign, which launched on May 20 to coincide with Face Equality Week, she said: "There are people who may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their scars.

"By showing mine I want to make them feel more confident about theirs."

She told the Leader has been delighted by the response she has received from others, explaining: "I got the opportunity to be part of the campaign last year in affiliation with Changing Faces, so to be asked back has been great.

"The whole idea is to continue to involve people who look 'different' in campaigning and branding so that people feel more included in society. "I love the feedback I get to receive from strangers. I have heard from people who had never thought of the positives about their scars - they can often be thought of as a bad thing. "But if you can see it as a sign of strength, it can be a way of showing the story of your life. "The nicest part is getting that feedback and hearing that people feel more confident to show their scars. "That's why I like to do this campaigning, because I remember a time when I was sat in the house and thinking to myself how I would become part of the world again - I aim to try and change that."

Speaking of her advice for others who may have scars, she said: "It's easier said than done, but I have always looked out for role models - whether they are in work, on social media, in films, in campaigns.

"If you find someone like that it can give you a real boost. "The more companies that want to try and include people who look 'different' the better it will be."