A 10-year-old from Northwood has been recognised with the prestigious honour of a British Citizen Youth Award.
Maya Chiva Shah, was presented with the Medal of Honour at the Palace of Westminster, after her fantastic fundraising efforts.
The British Citizen Youth Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday young people for exceptional endeavour and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.
Combining her passion for swimming with her fundraising, Maya swam 850metres to raise £2,000 for her school’s chosen charity.
The charity, the British Asian Trust, was of particular importance to Maya, as she strived to give poverty-stricken and disadvantaged children the same opportunities as other children.
Presenting her medal on October 26 was Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, who praised all of the individuals recognised with the award.
She said: “The British Citizen Youth Award recipients are very special individuals. These young people all go above and beyond for others with selfless acts of kindness and community spirit with no thought or expectation of praise or reward.
“They are the nation’s true unsung heroes and the rising stars of the future.”
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 medal presentations, register online at www.britishcitizenyouthawards.co.uk