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Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 April 2018

Isaac Harvey accepts his Young Citizen of the  Year Award. Picture: ELLIE HOSKINS

Isaac Harvey accepts his Young Citizen of the Year Award. Picture: ELLIE HOSKINS

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We spoke to winner of the Young Citizen of the Year Award Isaac Harvey. The 22-year-old vlogger was born with limb/pelvic hypoplasia syndrome, but this hasn’t stopped him from taking on challenges such as sky-diving and wheelchair slalom.

What is your connection with the borough?

I have lived in the Redbridge area pretty much all my life. I went to Woodlands and Seven Kings schools for my education.

I was part of the Youth Council for a couple of years.

I attend a church here every Sunday where I do a lot of work and I pretty much get involved in many activities in my area.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

Something interesting is always happening.

What one thing would you change?

To have a lift at every station so I would be able to use the train. Making it accessible for all!

Use three words to describe the borough.

Interesting. Change. Future.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

Now that is a very hard question as I meet and see a lot of people and I consider them all to be as equally inspiring as each other.

I can’t exactly say one, however I will say that all my friends and family have been very inspiring to me to do more in life even though I have a disability.

To the people who come out with me to the others who comment nice things on my Facebook posts, all of it gets me inspired to do more to then go out and inspire

others, and I am grateful to know them all.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

This is a very hard question as I would change a lot, but to be different I would make a law that young people were taught about disability in school or allow them to have a chance to go out with a person with a disability for a day or so and see how life is in their shoes.

As most people in society don’t really understand the difficulties people like myself face until they have experienced it.

If you were the editor of this paper what issues in the borough would you focus on?

The growing talk of mental health as more and more are talking about it.

I would talk more about the good in the world, even though this paper is good at balancing it out I would focus on it more.

I would also like to talk about the hidden things people do for the borough as there must be stories which don’t get seen so would love to find them.


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