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Siblings team up in race to raise cash for Woodford Green children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 10:25 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 22:57 11 March 2016

Jasleen, six and Jeevan, nine Bhamber are nominated for the Young Citizen Awards for their fundraising activities including mini marathons, obstacle courses and Spatan event to raise money for Havens House after a child of a family friend became seriously ill

Jasleen, six and Jeevan, nine Bhamber are nominated for the Young Citizen Awards for their fundraising activities including mini marathons, obstacle courses and Spatan event to raise money for Havens House after a child of a family friend became seriously ill

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Two siblings who tackle obstacle courses to raise money for a children’s hospice have been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

Jasleen Bhamber, 6, taking part in the obstacle race. Picture Sarabjit BhamberJasleen Bhamber, 6, taking part in the obstacle race. Picture Sarabjit Bhamber

Jeevan Bhamber, eight and his sister Jasleen, six, who attend Parkhill Junior and Infants School in Lord Avenue, Ilford, have raised more than £800 for Haven House Children’s Hospice in High Road, Woodford Green.

The siblings took part in the Spartan Kids Race in Ashburnham, East Sussex last year and plan to tackle the race again in April.

“We ran one mile,” said Jeevan. “Through 25 obstacles and for some of them, we had to climb up a rope and jump over fences and carry things up to 10 kilo grams to the other side.

“I found it really tiring and challenging at the end but I am prepared this time.”

Jeevan Bhamber, 8, taking part in the spartan kids charity race. Picture Sarabjit BhamberJeevan Bhamber, 8, taking part in the spartan kids charity race. Picture Sarabjit Bhamber

Jeevan’s preparations include utilising his father’s expert skills at the end of the race.

“My dad gave me a piggyback,” he said.

Meanwhile Jasleen is contemplating writing to the organisers to change the name of the race.

“I don’t like the name of the Tough Mudder,” she said. “It sounds like your going to get really messy and dirty.”

Young spartans (left) Jasleen, 6, and big brother Jeevan, 8, who completed a childrens charity race. Picture Sarabjit BhamberYoung spartans (left) Jasleen, 6, and big brother Jeevan, 8, who completed a childrens charity race. Picture Sarabjit Bhamber

“But we like raising money for the children’s hospice,” added Jeevan. “We raised £831.”

Explaining how proud she was, mum Rashpal Bhamber said: “When we were growing up these type of opportunities weren’t around and it is nice to see our kids raising money for others and taking part,” she said.

Dad Sarbjit Bhamber, a software developer, has also completed races for the London to Brighton Challenge in aid of Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.

“You get such a sense of achievement for doing something for someone else and it instils in the kids that if you work hard, you get something for it,” he said about his children’s achievements last year.

The children chose to fundraise for the hospice after a family friend’s child died of cancer.

“The hospice really helped the family,” said Rashpal. “The family were going through a tough time and we know so many people that have gone through tough times and we want to support them.”


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