Hi, my name is Laura Kennedy. Hailing from Glenville, in East Cork, I am honoured to be able to represent my adopted home as the London Rose.

As the eldest of six, I aim to be a role model to my brothers and sisters and make my parents proud in everything I do. After graduating with First Class Honours in Business Information Systems at University College Cork, I wanted to pursue my dream of living in London and so I began working there as an IT business analyst and project manager. I'm currently working at UBS, a global investment bank.

For years I have been involved in performing arts and I love musical theatre. While at college I toured around Ireland as part of the cast of The All Star Wars, a musical comedy about hurling. I love travelling to explore new places and cultures.

After my Leaving Cert, I travelled to Kolkata in India to volunteer at a school for disadvantaged children. It was an immensely eye-opening and rewarding experience. I'm hugely passionate about my volunteer roles with Make A Wish UK, both as a public speaker and as a Wish Visitor. I was delighted to be nominated as one of their volunteer ambassadors for 2019.

For me, my one true wish really has come true in becoming the London Rose!