Leicester girl becomes youngest 'honoured citizen'

A nine-year-old girl has become the youngest person to be awarded the title of Honoured Citizen of Leicester after raising more than £3,000 for charity.

Alex Windram, from Braunstone Town, was presented with a certificate by Lord Mayor Colin Hall at a ceremony.

The schoolgirl started fundraising for an armed forces charity as a thank you to her cousin serving in Afghanistan.

The award aims to recognise Leicester residents who have made an outstanding contribution to the city.

Last year Alex collected more than 100,000 stamps as part of a national appeal by the Support Our Soldiers charity and was awarded with the Braunstone Community Champions Award.

'So supportive'

She now hopes to raise money for five different charities, with proposed events including a parachute jump.

Her mother Mandy Windram said she was extremely proud of Alex's continued fundraising.

"I really thought it was going to be a bit of a one-off, collecting stamps for a while and that would be it, but its gone absolutely out of this world," she said.

"We can't thank people enough, people have been so supportive of her. The community's been fantastic - they really, really have."

Seven people have received the Honoured Citizen Award during this mayoral year - including 24-year-old David Hamer, who rescued a drowning child from a canal.

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