She got up at 5am and cooked for eight hours straight

An eight – year – old from Blackheath High made 100 meals in one day for Evelyn Community Store in Deptford after being inspired by Marcus Rashford.

After waking up at 5am and working for eight hours straight, Leila Miah cooked 500 meatballs, 30 tins of tomatoes and 15kg of pasta.

She has also raised more than £1,000 for the charity, double her original target.

All the meals have been given to families living in the area through a collaboration with Fareshare, a food charity.

The community store provides residents on low incomes with healthy food in exchange for a small membership fee.

Leila said: “I have been following the efforts of Marcus Rashford and I know he visited local charities who give out food to children and their families.

“I am lucky as I have nice food to eat but I know there are some children who do not always have hot food during lockdown so I wanted to share my cooking with them.

“The best part of the project was delivering the meatballs to the community store. I am looking forward to going back to help give out food bags when it’s safe.”

Sarah Skevington, head of juniors at Blackheath High School described her achievement as ‘amazing’ and said the school had been ‘humbled’ by its pupils’ efforts throughout the pandemic.

“Throughout the pandemic we have been humbled by the efforts our pupils have made to support their communities,
the NHS and our key workers. They’ve captured the Blackheath High spirit, taking initiative and going above and beyond to help others.”

Dawn Atkinson Evelyn, a volunteer at the Community Store, and Mayor of Lewisham, said: “When we at Evelyn Community Store were first approached by Lelia and her mum about making something for our members, we thought
it might be cookies or cakes.

“When we realised Lelia was planning to make a meatball meal, we were totally taken back. Then we also found out that Lelia had also designed and set up a Just Giving page for the Store, we were totally amazed.”

“For a young person to be so committed to wanting to help her local community is inspirational.”

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