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Young Citizen: Volunteer Teigan,10, raises more than £1,000 for Chadwell Heath care home

PUBLISHED: 15:25 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 31 October 2018

Teigan Hewitt, 10, is this week's Young Citizen nominee. Photo: Sanctuary Care

Teigan Hewitt, 10, is this week's Young Citizen nominee. Photo: Sanctuary Care

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A 10-year-old volunteer who raised more than £1,000 for a care home is this week's Young Citizen nominee.

Teigan Hewitt with her grandma Sarah Cooke. Photo: Sanctuary CareTeigan Hewitt with her grandma Sarah Cooke. Photo: Sanctuary Care

Teigan Hewitt is a regular volunteer at Chadwell House Residential Care Home, in Chadwell Lane, were her 89-year-old great grandmother Sarah Cook lives.

Sanctuary Care – which manages the care home – has hailed Teigan a “volunteering hero” after a tombola she organised raised more than £1,000.

“I can’t believe it, I am so shocked – I didn’t even know about the awards!” Teigan told the Recorder.

“But I am so happy and so excited. It would be amazing if I won.”

Teigan Hewitt with her great grandmother Sarah Cooke. Photo: Sanctuary CareTeigan Hewitt with her great grandmother Sarah Cooke. Photo: Sanctuary Care

Commenting on her volunteering, she said: “I love visiting Chadwell House and I wanted to do something myself for the residents, especially as I want to be a nurse one day!”

Explaining why she chose to donate to the care home’s activities fund, Teigan continued: “I have seen how much everyone enjoys the activities in the home so wanted to support that – they take part in musical bingo and singing for the brain, it’s a lot of fun and important too.”

As well as supporting with events and fundraising, the youngster has also become a Dementia Friend – an initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society, thanks to support from the home’s team.

Teigan, who lives in Rainham, was nominated for the award by Tracey Skinner, the care home’s activities leader.

She said: “You really cannot put into words what a superstar Teigan is – she is our volunteering hero.

“She is so kind, generous and warm, and only 10 years old – she really is amazing! She is a big part of the home and we are all so proud and thankful of her.”

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

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