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Inspirational blind Sheffield pupil nominated for award

Blind student Tahir Hussain from Tapton School, who has been nominated for a High Sheriff Award.

Blind student Tahir Hussain from Tapton School, who has been nominated for a High Sheriff Award.

A REMARKABLE young fundraiser who runs a successful charity stall at his school – despite being blind – has been nominated for a top award.

Tahir Hussein, aged 16, was put forward for the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire awards for raising cash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

He has bravely overcome his own difficulties to run a monthly stall at Tapton School in Sheffield, giving up his own lunchtime, and has so far collected more than £1,000.

Tahir, of Pitsmoor, went blind at the age of five because of rare genetic condition optic atrophy 1 and also has a moderate hearing loss.

He said: “It makes me feel very happy to be nominated.

“I feel I’d be achieving a great thing.”

Tahir chose to help Bluebell Wood as the hospice had aided another visually impaired student at Tapton, on Darwin Lane.

He is hoping to go on to college and work in the charity sector in the future.

Liz Williams, teacher of the visually impaired at Tapton, put Tahir forward for the young fundraiser of the year award and said he also encouraged other visually impaired pupils to take part as well as develop the stall.

She said: “Tahir decided he wanted to fundraise for Bluebell Wood on his own.

“When running the stall he has memorised all the stock prices off by heart and manages the money with very little guidance.

“He is an inspiration and has overcome his difficulties, the fact he is totally blind and has a hearing impairment, to help others.”

The High Sheriff of South Yorkshire awards shortlist will be decided from more than 50 entries this week by a judging panel, including sheriff Julie Kenny.

An awards ceremony will then be held in March.

 

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