Woodford teenager raises money climbing O2 for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:59 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:30 28 July 2016

Gaya Aharon has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award

Gaya Aharon has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award

Honey Babot-Aharon

A teenager selflessly supported her best friend, who battles juvenile arthritis on a daily basis, to climb over the O2 to raise money for charity.

Gaya Aharon, 13, from Woodford, undertook the achievement to raise money for Enhance UK, which raises awareness about disabilities and assists those in need of support.

“It was really good and fun to do in a group, there was quite a few of us.

“I think we raised over £1,000,” she said.

“It feels really good because you know all that money is going to go and help someone else.”

Gaya, who attends King Solomon High School, Forest Road, Barkingside, was kitted out with harnesses and ropes to complete the 90 minute challenge, last month.

She is best friends with Izzy Malin who was diagnosed with arthritis and uveitis - an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye which reduces side vision - aged three.

Gaya’s mum Honey Babot-Aharon, who nominated her daughter for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award said she was extremely “proud” of her daughter.

“I have to say,” she said. “My child made me very proud with all the money raised. She managed to help, hopefully, a lot of people.

“The young generation today, they’re more into their stuff, very materialistic. When you see they actually do something to help others and I can see that they literally made a difference to other people’s lives, it makes me very proud.”

Gaya has also raised money for the Jewish Blind and Disabled charity based in north west London.

“[The money] helps people have an independent life,” she said.

Excited about her nomination Gaya continued: “It feels really good, it shows that you help people.”

The teenager encouraged other young people to get involved in altruistic events.

“You should do it,” she said. “It is going to help someone else so it’s worth it.”

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