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Young Citizen: Simran, 8, donates time and money to help homeless

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 10 October 2018

Simran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Seva

Simran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Seva

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An Ilford eight-year-old who volunteers monthly to help feed rough sleepers and donated £70 of her birthday money to buy them food is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Simran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Rena KaurSimran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Rena Kaur

Simran Kaur, of St George’s Road, has been volunteering every month with Seva, the Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association, to feed rough sleepers in Ilford town centre for the past two years.

“Every time I walk through Ilford at night time I see the homeless people just lying there,” she said.

“I got into [volunteering with Seva] because I wanted to help the homeless people.”

Simran’s contribution includes serving meals, such as pasta and rice with lentils, and helping with a weekly ingredient shopping.

Simran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Rena KaurSimran Kaur, 8, donates her time and birthday money to help feed the homeless in Ilford. Photo: Rena Kaur

She also said that, after her seventh birthday, she donated £70 of the money she was given to the cause. The Cranbrook Primary School pupil said her favourite school subject is art and eventually, when she grows up, she would like to become a doctor.

“I like putting plasters on people,” she explained and added: “I also like learning about the body and I like helping people.”

She said that intends to stay involved in Seva, waking in the footsteps of her mum who has been volunteering for three years.

Simran was nominated for the award by fellow volunteer Parminder Cholia.

She said: “Simran has made an outstanding contribution towards helping the Seva Team help the homeless every Tuesday in Ilford.

“[She] has been a bright spark inspiring other youngsters to help the needy at such young age.

“She is setting a great example.”

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 in March.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing aaron.walawalkar@archant.co.uk

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