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Young Citizen: Namrah beat her stammer and now helps disadvantaged teens

PUBLISHED: 16:53 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 13 September 2018

Namrah Chaudhry, 24, has learned to accept her stammer. Photo: Crackit/Channel 5

Namrah Chaudhry, 24, has learned to accept her stammer. Photo: Crackit/Channel 5

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A Gants Hill woman working to help disadvtanged teenagers after overcoming her extreme stammer is this week's Young Citizen nominee.

Namrah Chaudhry, students services manager at William Morris Sixth Form, has risen above the childhood bullying and low confidence she faced as a result of her speech impediment.

“I have been stammering for as long as I can remember,” she told the Recorder.

“I was bullied tremendously at primary school because of my stammer.”

“Kids can be mean at that age!”

She developed techniques to hide her stammer over the years.

But the real low point came as she delivered presentation at university.

She said: “My stammer was the worst it had ever been as I stammered on every word and it turned from a 15 minute presentation to a 45 minute presentation.

“My whole class were in shock.”

After the incident, Namrah enrolled in a stammering course at adult education centre Citylit.

“Acceptance was my cure and my life changed after completing the course,” she said.

Asked what advice she has for speech impediment sufferers, she said: “You have a voice and it deserves to be heard just like anyone else’s.

“It may not be as fluent or loud as others but it’s your voice. Own it.”

Namrah said that she aims to dedicate her career to struggling youths suffering welfare and safeguarding issues and helping them overcome barriers to achievements.

She was nominated by her brother Rizwan Chaudhry, who said: “She is now joyous, full of laughter and the most sociable of all her siblings.”

Namrah’s inspiring journey is chronicled in documentary My Extreme Stammer and Me, which airs on Thursday, September 13 on 5Star.

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 who lives or works in Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing aaron.walawalkar@archant.co.uk.

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