A PRIMARY school pupil from Ellesmere has received a prestigious award for her fundraising efforts.

Tia Maher, 11, a pupil at Ellesmere Primary School, has been recognised by West Mercia Police (WMP) as a Young Good Citizen of the Year after being nominated by her school for her hard work in raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Tia’s mum, Georgina Georgiou, said the youngster decided to fundraise for the hospital after having to visit the hospital for check ups for her own medical condition.

“Tia wanted to give back to the hospital that she visits on a yearly basis,” said Georgina. “She visits there for check ups as she was born with a heart defect.

“She had the idea to do the fundraising herself, she has raised nearly £700 through non-uniform days, cake sales and face painting.

“We, as a family, are very proud of Tia for her fundraising and for constantly striving to help others. Despite her heart defect, she loves to play sports and engage in her favourite activities. She’s a real trooper and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

The award was presented to Tia at a special ceremony at the headquarters of WMP in Worcester on October 15.

Tia and other worthy youngsters from across the region were joined by the chief constable of WMP and the High Sheriffs of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

A ‘specially commissioned’ certificate was presented to Tia to mark the occasion and she also received a voucher for £50.