A UNIVERSITY student and young refugee from Hayes has been honoured for her volunteering work with The Children’s Society.

Maya Ghazal, 19, won an Asian Women of Achievement Award for her work as a speaker and ambassador.

Maya, currently studying at Brunel, arrived in the UK from Syria in 2015. She spoke no English at the time but received help to settle and made new friends when she went along to the charity’s My Place project. 

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She decided to give something back and started training as a volunteer speaker to spread the word and make others aware of the charity’s life-changing work. 

Maya represented The Children’s Society in the Guardian’s Christmas appeal for child refugees.

She is studying Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies at Brunel in Uxbridge.