Cakes worthy of Mary Berry’s approval gain Ilford teenager award nomination
PUBLISHED: 15:26 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:28 27 October 2016
With a batch of mouth-watering cakes to give Great British Bake Off stars a run for their money, a teenager held a bake sale at her school to raise cash for a children’s hospital.
Sepidah Islam, 14, of Devonport Gardens, Ilford, made more than 100 chocolate-covered cornflake treats, along with vanilla cupcakes and Oreo cheesecakes, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The teenager’s generosity and caring nature has landed her a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen nomination.
“I love baking and charity in general,” said Sepidah.
“It’s a good way to raise money and a good cause as well.”
The Year 10 pupil, who attends the Ursuline Academy Ilford, Morland Road, caught the fundraising bug after being introduced to the activity by her school.
“It’s fun and I’m helping people who are less fortunate than me,” she added.
Her favourite classes are English and drama and she hopes to one day have a career working with charities or in geology.
“I like studying volcanoes or the weather,” she said.
Sepidah was nominated for the award by her form tutor Maggie Whelan, who added: “She is really amazing.
“She’s a shy girl but it never really stops her from helping people.
“It’s not the first time she has done this.
“It goes unrecognised sometimes, but she’s very good at helping people at school who do not have many friends. She makes sure they are included.
“Around the school, she helps at different clubs and does things like picking up rubbish.”
The youngster, who said she hoped to make £50 from selling her baked goods, was pleased to receive the Young Citizen nomination from Maggie.
“I was surprised at first, but I feel proud I guess,” she told the Recorder.
“My mum and dad said they were proud of me.”
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