Ilford girl gives up birthday presents to raise money for brother's special school

PUBLISHED: 15:34 20 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 20 May 2013

Hanna Johal, nine, raised £7,000 for her brother's school

Hanna Johal, nine, raised £7,000 for her brother's school


A nine-year-old Ilford girl has given up all her birthday presents to raise money for her brother's special educational school.

Hanna Johal raised £7,000 for Oak View School, in Loughton, to help older brother Aaron and other pupils.

Hanna, of De Vere Gardens, asked friends and relatives to donate money instead of buying her presents.

The incredible contributions were used for six iPads, which Hanna delivered on Friday, and a new climbing frame.

Her dad, Jag Johal, 40, said: “Hanna’s selfless act is a touching reminder of just how much we could learn from our own kids about supporting those in need – and we’re massively grateful to the dozens of people who have donated very generously.”

He added that iPads help autistic children like his son speed up learning and improve communication.

Simon James, the head of Hanna’s junior school at Chigwell School, in High Road, said she had also raised money by setting up a stall in breaks and lunchtimes.

He added: “We are proud of Hanna’s beliefs and achievements.”

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