Young Citizen: Toilet trekker Leah, 13, raises more than £1,000 for charity

PUBLISHED: 14:12 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 21 November 2018

Leah Cartwright (centre) was joined by her family and friends on a 14-mile toilet trek around London to raise money for charity Toilet Twinning. Photo: Ryan Cartwright

Leah Cartwright (centre) was joined by her family and friends on a 14-mile toilet trek around London to raise money for charity Toilet Twinning. Photo: Ryan Cartwright


A tireless 13-year-old trekker from Chigwell who raised more than £1,000 for charity by touring the lavatories of London is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Leah Cartwright, from Limes Farm Estate, set out on a 14-mile trek across the capital to visit as many public toilets as she could on October 13 in support of charity Toilet Twinning.

Toilet Twinning seeks to promote access to safe toilets in developing countries, where a lack of access exposes people to threats including sexual assault and snake bites.

“I saw the devastating impact that not having toilets had,” Leah said, on the motivation behind the walk.

“Children are struggling to live past the age of 5.

“At 13, I knew there was something I could do about it.”

She was joined on her expedition by 10 friends and family members and her JustGiving page has now raised £1002.80.

“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received!” she told the Recorder.

Leah, who goes to West Hatch High School, in High Road, organised the walk herself, including locating the 30-plus toilets, planning the route, designing her team’s t-shirts and planning a celebratory lunch in Trafalgar Square.

She was nominated for the Recorder’s award by her dad Ryan.

He said: “We couldn’t be prouder of Leah, lots of people do sponsored events for charity, but to conceive and organise a walk like this when you are only 13 is an amazing thing.”

Leah has also received a Jack Petchey award for her charitable work, for which she was nominated by her scout group 1st Hainault, based in Davids Way.

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing

Donate to Leah’s JustGiving page at

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