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Hillingdon teen wins Achievement Award for charity work

Alexander Old (14) from Uxbridge High School in Hillingdon has won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award for his incredible charity work.

Alexander has been part of the Younger Members Hillingdon Youth Council, which is devoted to help the local community, since the age of 11. "Politics allow you to influence the system of decisions. I hope to influence them so as to help others," he says.

The 14 year old has been involved in several exciting projects. After creating a garden for Merryfields House, a local special needs school, Alexander also participated in the Incredible Edibles vegetable garden project in the Civic Centre. “The best part was when people actually came up and took our organic food. This was amazing because I really saw people benefit,” he says. “My volunteering has been local so I can directly see the impact of my work."

However, the Uxbridge High School student has exerted himself to help those beyond Hillingdon. Alexander made £123 during his bake sale for the Make A Wish Foundation but will continue to raise more during his sponsored run after the New Year. We imagine he’ll be very successful considering he collected an impressive £500 during a charity walk for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

In addition to his school and charity work, Alex is a keen member of the 2nd Uxbridge Scouts where he supports Health and Safety as a Patrol Leader. He also manages to fit in some time playing rugby for Ruislip Rugby Club too!

Alex’s £200 Jack Petchey Achievement Award money will be spent on ‘predators’ and ‘thunder fire cannons’ for the Friday after-school Warcraft club. “At the young age of 14, Alexander has already shown that he is a great global citizen and we are excited to see what else the future has in store,” says a spokesperson from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

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