Gants Hill Alzheimer’s fundraiser nominated for Young Citizen award

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 November 2014

Young citizen nominee Eileen O'Connor with a picture of her great aunt Bridget

Young citizen nominee Eileen O'Connor with a picture of her great aunt Bridget


A teenager who has been raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of her great aunt has been nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge

Eileen O’Connor of Ethelbert Gardens in Gants Hill has been helping raise funds for the charity in a number of ways.

Now her mum, Ellen, wants Eileen to be recognised for her achievements and has nominated her for the awards.

The caring 15-year-old has taken part in bucket collections, raffles, face paintings and many more events and raised £2,500 but she says there is still a lot more to do.

Eileen keeps tabs on all that she does by keeping a list of all her fundraising activities.

Her mother Ellen said: “Alzheimer’s and dementia get less coverage compared to other diseases and it’s great if people can talk openly about it.”

Eileen and her mother have also attended memory walks with the charity at Primrose Hill and Victoria Park. On one occasion they even met David Walliams.

She does all this while studying hard at school, even attending a police panel in Barkingside.

Eileen has first hand experience of Alzheimer’s through her great aunt Biddy, who celebrated her 96th birthday on Sunday.

Now Eileen wants to encourage other young people to feel able to help other young people who know someone with the disease.

Her actions are raising awareness as well as important money for the charity, which awarded Eileen a certificate for her work.

Her mother hopes the nomination will persuade other people to get involved with and help the charity.

Despite being excited about the nomination, Eileen is remaining grounded and wants to focus on continuing with her efforts.

“I’m excited, but I don’t feel like I deserve this award,” she said.

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