Ilford nail designer, 13, earns Young Citizen Award nomination after raising money for Comic Relief

PUBLISHED: 11:30 21 April 2013

Creative Jankhana Odedra painted nails in return for a donation for Red Nose Day

Creative Jankhana Odedra painted nails in return for a donation for Red Nose Day


A 13-year-old has been nominated for our Young Citizen Award after coming up with her own nail designs to raise money for Comic Relief.

How to nominate

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award aims to find people aged 25 and under who deserve to be commended for their contributions to the community.

Each month, a winner will be chosen for the award, sponsored by the Exchange Ilford, and will receive £40 to spend at the Exchange Ilford retailer of their choice.

An overall winner will then be chosen next year and will receive £400 to spend.

To nominate a Redbridge youngster, email

Jankhana Odedra, a Year 9 student at Loxford School of Science and Technology, Loxford Lane, Ilford, spent her free time in the week before last month’s Red Nose Day painting the nails of teachers.

She also created a special themed design of a white tip with red dots and would now like to do the same for other charities.

She said: “I think it’s good to be supportive of any charity really. I want to try to raise money for any charity and if I can think of a nail design, I’ll do it.”

After raising £65 for the UK charity which funds projects around the world, Jankhana was nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club award, sponsored by the Exchange Ilford shopping centre, by the school’s head of citizenship, Rima Kakkad.

Jankhana advertised her fundraising drive with posters at the school and booked in times with her teachers.

The teachers paid £3 or more for the privilege.

Though pupils cannot wear nail varnish at school, in the holidays Jankhana has painted her own nails and those of friends and family, including henna designs.

She said: “I always watch Comic Relief and they always show what’s going on in Africa and other places. It’s nice to raise money for those people that are less fortunate.”

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