Upminster youngster rewarded for her volunteer work

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 04 March 2015

Rebecca Halmkan at the Halifax Giving Extra award presentation

Rebecca Halmkan at the Halifax Giving Extra award presentation


An inspirational teen has been rewarded for going above and beyond by helping out children with behavioural disorders.

Rebecca Halkman, 19, of Upminster, was presented with her Halifax Giving Extra award by the mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew last week.

She was recognised for her work with Add+Up (Attention Deficit Disorders Uniting Parents), a charity that helps children with special educational needs in the east London area.

Rebecca has supported the charity since she was eight, when her brother was diagnosed with ADHD, and the business management student still helps out in her spare time.

She helps out at the afters chool club as well as summer projects and fundraising events.

Last year she was involved in a sponsored 24 mile walk from Southend to Hornchurch, where she helped to raise £550.

Rebecca said: “I was really surprised when I found out I had won. I volunteer because I enjoy it, but it feels great to be recognised for the work I do.”

Alan Charles Nicholls, community ambassador for Halifax, said: “The work she has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves the recognition.”

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