Award nomination for teen who gave up holiday to help other children

April 1st 2022

An Ilford teenager has been nominated for an award after giving up her school holiday to help younger children with reading.

Aisha Qayyum, who is in year 11 at Loxford School, volunteered for a month at Redbridge Central Library and worked with four to 12-year-olds.

She helped the children pick out books and led sessions with each child where she encouraged them to talk about their favourite characters or plots.

It was for last year's summer reading challenge and Aisha said she first thought of volunteering during lockdown in 2020.

She told the Recorder: "It was a tough time for many and, since school was online, I mainly would spend my free time reading books.

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