Year 10 student Chili Tozer won the Pearson accolade after teaching herself to use an electric sewing machine in lockdown with the help of her grandma on Facetime.
Chili created and sold over 1,500 colourful facemasks for her community, through her @Chilis_facemasks Instagram account. She succeeded in raising £4,000 for young people’s mental health – a cause close to her heart.
Her entrepreneurial efforts helped fund vital twice-weekly counselling sessions for young people struggling with their wellbeing over lockdown, as well as education and sport courses that work to increase confidence and motivation among young people through local mental health charity Inspire Suffolk.
“Chili is an inspiration and well-deserved ‘World Changer of The Year’,” said Chantel Carpenter, Director at Pearson & World Changer Awards judge. “She defines what a world changer is all about. She has learnt a new skill for the good of her community and used her facemasks to affect real change for a cause that is close to her heart – all while studying for her GCSEs!”
Pictured above and below is Chili Tozer busy making facemasks.