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Clore Tikva Primary pupil, six, nominated for award after spell-off

PUBLISHED: 14:43 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:43 29 March 2016

Young citizen nominee Paige Harris, six. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Young citizen nominee Paige Harris, six. Picture: Sandra Rowse

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A young spelling whiz has been nominated for an award after raising hundreds of pounds for sick children.

Paige Harris, six, a pupil at Clore Tikva Primary School, Fullwell Avenue, Barkingside, has been taking part in a sponsored spell-off for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), earning herself a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award nomination.

Family and friends have been submitting words to spell to the youngster’s mum on social media and Paige has been responding by spelling the words.

Paige, who had a “sudden realisation” that not all children are as lucky as her, has raised more than £350 for the hospital.

“The hardest word I’ve spelled is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” she said.

“I did it for the poorly children, I’m feeling very happy about it – I’m feeling proud. I’ve told my friends and my friends think it’s really good.”

The youngster, who admits she is “quite good at spelling”, said the idea came after she made posters for GOSH at school and wanted to do more.

“At school I decided to make something for them, I made them a poster of a doctor in a hospital and an ambulance,” she added.

Paige’s mum Katie, 32, from Collier Row, spoke of her daughter’s love of words.

“She’s done really well, they were all really difficult words and she’s managed to spell them all,” she said.

She added: “Paige has been learning about GOSH at school and she realised that not all children were as fortunate as her and this was one of the things she wanted to do for the children.

“One of my friends used the hospital when his little boy was ill so I know how important it is to people who use it.”

You can still donate to Paige’s JustGiving page at justgiving.com/paigey22


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