Woodford boy raises nearly £1,400 for charity with his first 10m dive

PUBLISHED: 14:28 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 10 March 2016

Maor Aharon with his sister Gaya, his mother Honey and their dog Pepper

Maor Aharon with his sister Gaya, his mother Honey and their dog Pepper


A 10-year-old who dived from a 10m board for charity has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

Maor diving from the 10m board for the first timeMaor diving from the 10m board for the first time

Maor Aharon, of Woodford, dived 32ft into the swimming pool of the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford last week and raised £1,340.40 for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “I thought it would be fine but it was scary – it is very high. I cried a little but I did it and it makes me feel proud of myself.”

A keen footballer and drummer, Maor started diving in September 2014 and had never jumped from that height before.

He decided to train for his big splash in May last year, after the first anniversary of his grand-mother’s death. Sarit Babot died of cancer.

His mother Honey Babot-Aharon said she almost fainted when she saw her son on the board.

“I was shaking when I saw him jump but I am extremely proud of him. He is so brave,” she said.

Maor set himself a target of £1,000 and his family supported him in his venture after he launched his Just Giving page in December.

“I wish the money will help a lot of people,” said Maor.

His mother said: “I thought it would be extremely hard to raise so much money but when someone sets themselves a challenge, you need to encourage them.”

Reacting to his nomination for the award, Maor said: “I am very happy – it makes me feel special.”

The young diver was inspired by former diving world champion Tom Daley and was hoping the athlete would come and dive with him.

Mrs Babot-Aharon told the Recorder Maor used to watch the ITV show Splash, which features Tom coaching celebrities trying to learn how to dive, and Maor decided he wanted to do the same.

Maor still hopes he will meet Tom one day.

If you would like to donate, visit Maor’s Just Giving page

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder