Nine-year-old Diya is up for an award

Diya Karwal

Diya Karwal

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A nine-year-old from Nuthall has been nominated for the Britain Has Spirit Awards in recognition of her incredible fundraising efforts for a deaf and blind charity.

Diya Karwal has raised over £260 selling her handmade jewellery and ornaments to raise money for the deaf and blind charity, Sense.

Diya Karwal

Diya Karwal

She has had a stall at the Victoria Centre in Nottingham each Christmas for the last two years, and plans to to do it all again this year.

Diya decided she wanted to help people who were deaf or blind after spending time with her great uncle, who has been blind since he was a child.

Her mum, Mili, said she was very proud

“I am very very proud of her.

“I’m so happy about what my little girl is doing. She just came to me one day and said I want to sell them to do something for blind people.

“Whenever she goes to her uncle’s house she does not seem happy. She said to me ‘he has no eyes, what can I do to help these poeple? Why cant I sell these things I am making for them?”

Diya, who is a student at Mornington Primary School, made £99 in the first year, and then £165 last year.

She sold jewellery and ornaments such as little Christmas trees and snowflakes.

“She was really surprised when she first did it and made £99 in just one day,” said Mili, 32.

“The bracelet was too big for one lady and Diya stood and made her another one there and then to fit her. So she donated £5.

“Some people would just offer donations too. People were so happy with what she was doing, they were just giving her extra money for the charity.”

Mili said she would stand and watch her and Diya would approach shoppers herself.

This year, she is planning on selling tea light holders made out of plastic spoons.

The kind-hearted fundraiser spends eight or nine months each year making her handicrafts ahead of her festive sale.

If Diya wins the regional shortlist of the Britiain Has Spirit Awards, she will be automatically entered into the national finals where she will compete for a prize of £25,000 to share with organisations of her choice.

Diya, of Gunnersbury Way, said: “I’m over the moon to have been nominated and very thankful to everyone who has voted for me.

“I think that being deaf and blind is the most dreadful thought which is what motivated me.

“I am really proud of myself but it would be incredible to get through to the national finals and have the chance to win £25,000 to share with Sense, my school and my Hindu temple.”

Diya’s three-year-old sister has now also caught the bug after seeing her sister sell her handicrafts.

Mili said: “She says to me ‘I want to do it too.

“And she brings her paintings to me and says she wants to sell them for charity!”

Diya recently won the Billsborough Gem awards for her contribution to the local community.

She beat off competition from 38 other entrants.