13-year-old Filza Raja who saved up money for Mayor’s appeal is Young Citizen nominee
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A 13-year-old has generously saved up her pocket money so she could give it to the Mayor of Redbridge’s appeal.
Filza Nayab Raja, of Henley Road, Ilford, presented a cheque for £100 to the Mayor Cllr Muhammed Javed at the Ilford Islamic Community Centre in Albert Road.
Her donation will benefit the Mayor’s two chosen causes – Redbridge Carers Support Service and Redbridge Mencap.
And Filza’s grandfather Mirza Khan Raja, 74, was moved to nominate her for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award, sponsored by the Exchange Ilford shopping centre.
Filza, a pupil at Loxford School of Science and Technology, Loxford Lane, Ilford, said: “When my mum and dad give me pocket money, I normally spend it on other stuff, like sweets and games, things I don’t need.
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“My grandad is good friends with the mayor.
“I heard about the charities, I heard about people that need help – people less fortunate than us – and that’s what inspired me.”
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Redbridge Carers Support Service provides advice, training and counselling to carers of all ages in the borough, while Redbridge Mencap supports people with learning disabilities.
Filza normally gets about £5 from her parents every two weeks and saved up £70, making up the difference with donations from family and friends.
She presented the cheque at a fundraising dinner last month.
The mayor said: “It’s a lesson for other youngsters to do likewise.
“It’s great to recognise her generosity.”