A dedicated teenage fundraiser from Pinner has been nominated for an award for her achievements.
Daniella Freeman, 19, has been nominated for a London Young Person of the Year Award (YOPEY) for her past charitable work and current scheme to bring technology to African villages.
Daniella, of Hillcrest Avenue, was nominated by friend Josh Holt who said: “She is dedicated to the education of young people, through being involved with youth organisations and running camps.
“Daniella's dedication to charity and her commitment to making the world a better place makes her a prime candidate for a YOPEY award.”
Most recently, in December, Daniella visited Israel with fellow students from the Jewish Students' Union at Birmingham City University.
There the group visited several projects including Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) in Tel Aviv, which provides life-saving heart surgery for children from poor countries.
Daniella said she was very impressed with SACH and its policy of providing specialised care for children from around the world.
“That it is open to all is very important to me, I enjoyed playing with the kids there and I got to know some of them very well,” she said.
Daniella says her faith is important to her and helped inspire her fundraising:“While I live in a Jewish house, I have never attended a Jewish school and I believe it is important to me understand everything about the wider world.
“My parents are very ‘give, give, give’ and that has rubbed off on me.
“I love working with children and that is what has attracted me to the organisations I support – which are all about giving children a chance and a future.”
Tony Gearing, founder of YOPEY, said: “Daniella is driven in her fundraising, giving and volunteering by her aim to give all young people a chance in life.
“Her faith, family and her community are also important in shaping her outlook on life, benefiting so many people at home and around the world.”
The yearly awards nominate at least two London Young People of the Year. A senior London Young Person of the Year, aged 18-25, winning £500, and a junior London Young Person of the Year, aged 10-17, winning £300.
Do you know somebody who deserves the title Young Person of the Year? To nominate log-on to yopey.org with entries closing on July 31.