A schoolgirl who has raised thousands of pounds to help those suffering with a chronic condition is to receive a Pride of Britain Award.
Rhea Kara recently received a surprise visit from The Apprentice star and entrepreneur Lord Sugar, who told her that she was to be presented with the accolade.
The 11-year-old has been named the UK’s Young Fundraiser, after collecting more than £13,000 for research into Rett Syndrome – a debilitating disorder which typically afflicts young girls.
She will be attending the Pride of Britain Awards – organised every autumn by The Daily Mirror to celebrate the country’s unsung heroes – next month.
Rhea had first heard about the condition during a school assembly in 2014 and was inspired to begin to paint pictures to sell – setting herself a target of completing a painting a day for 100 days.
The first pieces were sold on a small stall at a fete in Clapham and hundreds of her creations have been snapped up over the course of the past three years.
“I was really upset when I found out about it because it affects young girls and they didn’t do anything to deserve it,” said Rhea, who said she found painting a “relaxing and therapeutic pastime.”
“I am hoping that they will find a cure and I will keep on fundraising until they do.”
Rett Syndrome affects the development of the brain and leaves sufferers unable to walk, speak or use their hands.
Rhea has forged a close friendship with a young Rett sufferer, Hannah, who at the age of just nine already has to rely on a wheelchair to get around.
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