Caring Clayhall teenager likes ‘helping people get good things’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 July 2016

Izzy Malin

Izzy Malin

Honey Babot-Aharon

Not many teenagers spend their free time thinking about how to raise money to help people.

Yet Izzy Mazin, a 13-year-old, from Clayhall, likes nothing more than to see joy spread across people’s faces when they get the things that they need.

Two weeks ago, the youngster climbed the O2 in Greenwich, to raise money for Enhance the UK, which raises awareness about disabilities and assists those in need of support.

Dad Gary Mazin, 43, who is registered blind and has needed the use of a guide dog for four years, said: “Before I had that, she was my guide. She always had a very caring side.

“Young teenagers get a bad reputation, it is good to highlight when they do good things.”

Mr Mazin, who works as a disability awareness trainer for the charity, added that he was “extremely proud” of his daughter.

He continued: “Izzy has grown up with an understanding of disabilities and she wants to help as much as she can.”

Izzy also helps her mum, Simone, 45, who works at Jewish Blind and Disabled in north west London.

The charity work carried out by the youngster has led her to be nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

The youngster’s ascent up the O2 dome, which she completed with her best friend Gaya Aharon, 13, raised around £1,000 for the charity.

Izzy said: “It is really exciting to be a nominee. It [the climb] went really well it took 90 minutes.

“Before I did it, I was really scared, but once I got to the top it was ok.”

The teenager said she finds raising cash for charity fun.

“I like helping people, watching them get good things and helping them to do that,” she said.

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