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We reveal first winner of our Young Citizen Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:36 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:36 07 April 2016

Valentines School has nominated three pupils for theYoung Citizens Awards.
Sophie Marlow

Valentines School has nominated three pupils for theYoung Citizens Awards. Sophie Marlow

Archant

The first monthly Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award winner has been chosen as 15-year-old Sophie Marlow.

When both Sophie’s parents lost their jobs, the family had to claim benefits and struggled to put food on the table.

After receiving a helping hand from Jubilee Church, Granville Road, Ilford, the Valentines School pupil was inspired to volunteer there to help others facing tough times.

Panel chairwoman Eve Conway said: “Sophie is now helping others in a similar situation and turning a negative into a positive.

“This is a very topical issue with families and individuals having to use food banks because their situation suddenly changes - often through no fault of their own but circumstances leave them in a difficult situation.”

Read Sophie’s inspirational story here.

To nominate someone you know for our awards, email ann-marie.abbasah@archant.co.uk with their name, contact details and why you would like to nominate them.


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