13-year-old Filza Raja who saved up money for Mayor’s appeal is Young Citizen nominee

PUBLISHED: 13:56 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:57 02 May 2013

Filza Nayab Raja with her mum Salme Nasreen Raja and grandfather Mirza Khan Raja

Filza Nayab Raja with her mum Salme Nasreen Raja and grandfather Mirza Khan Raja


A 13-year-old has generously saved up her pocket money so she could give it to the Mayor of Redbridge’s appeal.

How to nominate

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award aims to find people aged 25 and under who deserve to be commended for their contributions to the community.

Each month, a winner will be chosen for the award, sponsored by the Exchange Ilford, and will receive £40 to spend at the Exchange Ilford retailer of their choice.

An overall winner will then be chosen next year and will receive £400 to spend.

To nominate a Redbridge youngster, fill in the coupon and send it to the Recorder, or alternatively email

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.

“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.”

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.”

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