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Young Citizen: Let's give Redbridge's inspirational young people the recognition they deserve

PUBLISHED: 12:49 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 30 June 2017

Winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award 2014, Isabella Field.

Winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award 2014, Isabella Field.

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The Recorder is relaunching its Young Citizen Award today to recognise the inspirational young people in Redbridge and the amazing work they do.

Each week the Recorder we will feature different nominees and tell their extraordinary stories.

The Young Citizen Award, sponsored by the Redbridge Rotary Club, will run from July to February with the monthly winners, who will receive a £30 voucher for The Exchange, going on to be finalists at the Mayor’s Community Awards next year.

The 2014 winner, 12-year-old Isabella Field, known to her friends as Bella, recently received the Diana Award for helping to raise more than £110,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice, in High Road, Woodford Green.

Bella, whose sister Molly died aged 8 from an inoperable brain tumour in 2010 and was laid to rest at the hospice’s Butterfly Suite, is among 20 young people to be recognised by the Diana Award – which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Princess’s death.

“I am always proud of Isabella’s achievements and awards but this one feels different,” said her mum Mel, of Darnley Road, Woodford Green. “Diana, Princess of Wales was an inspirational and beautiful woman, who always put her position and title to good use to help others.

“Isabella’s aspiration is to be an actress and use her fame to be an ambassador for charitable organisations – just like the Princess.”

The hospice’s chief executive Mike Palfreman was “absolutely delighted” to see Bella gain the recognition she deserves.

“It’s an amazing achievement and we are so grateful to Isabella and her family for the incredible support they have shown for our hospice over many years,” said Mike.

“Isabella is a wonderful role model and we hope more young people can be inspired to help us support life-limited children and their families in our local area.”

Isabella is just one example of many selfless young people across the borough who have overcome personal tragedies or made sacrifices for the benefit of others.

If you would like to nominate someone, email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk with their name, contact details and reason for the nomination.

You can also fill in a nomination form in next week’s Recorder.

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