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Young Citizen Awards 2014: winners’ ceremony at the Exchange Ilford

PUBLISHED: 15:05 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:05 23 February 2015

The Mayor of Redbridge Ashley Kissin, Mayoress of Redbridge, Stephen Day, Rubie Charalambous, Eve Conway-Gazhi, Jaz Atwal with winners Grace Mowatt, 24, Isabella Field, nine, James Fox, 16 and Tomomi Maleolm, 12 at the Exchange Ilford for the Young Citizens awards

The Mayor of Redbridge Ashley Kissin, Mayoress of Redbridge, Stephen Day, Rubie Charalambous, Eve Conway-Gazhi, Jaz Atwal with winners Grace Mowatt, 24, Isabella Field, nine, James Fox, 16 and Tomomi Maleolm, 12 at the Exchange Ilford for the Young Citizens awards

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The friends and families of the Young Citizen Award winners 2014 gathered together to celebrate their success last week.

The winners for each month of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary competition were invited to a ceremony at the Exchange Ilford shopping centre where they were presented with gift certificates.

The award was set up seven years ago by Eve Conway-Ghazi, the president of the rotary club at the time, and Chris Carter, the editor of the Recorder.

She said: “We wanted to recognise inspirational youngsters who are positive role models and are going out of their way to do good things.

“It’s great to have a recognition for it so the youngsters know that what they are doing is acknowledged and it is special.”

The ceremony was held at RM Kitchen at the Exchange Ilford, which sponsors the awards and was attended by the leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, and the Mayor and his wife, Cllr Ashley Kissin and Hilary Kissin.

Rubie Charalambous, the general manager at the Exchange, said: “It was inspiring to see the number of young people who are making a real difference in the community and the awards are a great way to promote and celebrate their hard work, which otherwise goes unheard and unrecognised.”

Grace Mowatt, 24, of St Luke’s Avenue in Ilford, won in July for her work in Nicaragua with the International Citizen Service.

She said: “It feels nice to be included, I just really appreciate it.

“It is such a great cause to help people and great to be contributing to the country and making a change to people’s lives.”

Isabella Field, nine, of Darnley Road in Woodford Green, won the Young Citizen Award in September for raising more than £80,000 with her mum for Haven House Hospice who supported them following the death of her big sister, Molly.

She said: “I feel amazing and I am so happy to be here and it was an honour to just be nominated.”

Tomomi Malcolm, 12, of Dahlia Gardens in Ilford, was October’s winner for her incredible strength from being a young carer for her mother.

She said: “I was so surprised when I won as I have never won anything before and I am honoured to he here.”

James Fox, from Rush Green, was December’s winner for volunteering at a swimming club.

He said: “It feels great, there are a lot of people who do it so for me to get picked.”

The other two winners for 2014, Eileen O’Connor and Aaron Floyd, were unable to make it to the ceremony but will be collecting their vouchers at the Mayor’s Awards next month where the overall winner for the Young Citizen will be announced.


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