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Young Citizen Awards: Inspirational abuse survivor channels experience into helping others

PUBLISHED: 11:39 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:39 10 March 2016

Lucy Daldy former winner for Ilford Recorder's Young Citizen who won for her charity called Step Up

Lucy Daldy former winner for Ilford Recorder's Young Citizen who won for her charity called Step Up

Archant

Courageous Lucy Daldy bounces into the room with an energy that belies the terror she once knew as a little girl.

Named as the Recorder and Redbridge Rotary Club’s Young Citizen Award winner in 2014, Lucy turned her harrowing experience of being sexually abused at the age of eight into a mission to help others.

She now works as a youth mentor for the Step Up charity that her mother and another parent originally started in Barking as a telephone helpline for parents.

“Since winning the award, I have secured funding so that I can actually work at Step Up full time and it means that I can help the 40 to 50 families per year that we see,” said Lucy.

“I can be a service specifically for the children, anyone aged between five and 18, whereas before it was more of a service to empower parents.”

Now a 26-year-old mum-of-one to 18-month-old son Tommy, Lucy, who grew up in Hainault, cast her mind back to the night the awards ceremony was held.

She said: “I remember a young girl, she was about eight and had been nominated for donating her hair to charity.

“When things like that are acknowledged, they are the children that continue to help people and have empathy.

“Without acknowledging it they are not going to continue it and in Redbridge there is a lot of young people that do good work and they deserve that acknowledgement.”

Lucy’s nomination came as a result of her volunteering activities at the charity, by trying to put things in place that she knew children and teenagers needed.

“It is important to nominate young people,” she said.

“Young people can be quite badly represented in the media and it is not always the case.”

To nominate someone, email ann-marie.abbasah@archant.co.uk with their full name, age, contact details and your reason for nominating.


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