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A Hampstead teenager who volunteers her time to help young and old is an entrant in a competition that highlights the achievements of young Londoners.

Leora Robinson volunteers her time with different Jewish organisations, including a youth movement, a centre for children with special needs, and a care home for the elderly. She has also helped homeless youngsters in the Ukraine.

Now she has been nominated for the John Lewis Young People of the Year (YOPEY) awards for London, a competition which reveals, recognises, and rewards those role models aged 10-25 from across the capital who give to others.

There is a top prize of £1,000 to be won by a young person or group of people, £500 of which goes to a good cause of their choice. There will be five second-place winners, each receiving £200, to be shared similarly.

Eighteen-year-old Leora, of Asmara Road, West Hampstead, was nominated by Darren Cohen, a fieldworker for Habonim Dror (Builders of Freedom in Hebrew), a Jewish youth movement that engages young people aged 9-23.

Since September Leora has given up two hours on Sunday afternoon to assist with Habonim Dror's activities, helping on average more than 20 youngsters aged 8-13. These educational sessions help the youngsters understand morals through games and role play.

In summer Leora went on a summer camp with the organisation to Port Talbot in Wales, training and planning activities before she went on a two-week camp to the Netherlands. There she was with 14-15-year-olds who were learning about the atrocities of The Holocaust.

# Do you know somebody who deserves the title Young Person of the Year? To nominate logon to or write, enclosing a stamped-addressed-envelope, to YOPEY, Woodfarm Cottage, Bury Road, Stradishall, Newmarket CB8 8YN for a paper entry form.


By YopeyTone at 14:10 on 23/12/13


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