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Carlie, 5, sets out to raise £3k and save lives in her village

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

  • Young fundraiser Carlie Warne, 5, with her mum Gemma and landlord of the Grenville Arms Mark Phillips. BOTL20140313D-002_C

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A KIND-HEARTED five-year-old from Nanpean on a mission to "solve world peace" is starting by trying to raise £3,000 for a lifesaving device for her village.

Carlie Warne, from Currian Road, is holding a series of events and has enlisted the help of her mum Gemma, schoolfriends and teachers.

Mrs Warne, 32, said Carlie, who had ADHD and sensory issues, was gripped by fundraising fever after she told her daughter how Roche had been collecting cash for a defibrillator for its village, part of an initiative by Cornish charity FLEET (Frontline Emergency Equipment Trust).

The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is used to treat sudden cardiac arrest and can be used without training. If defibrillation does occur within three minutes of a heart attack 70 per cent of people will survive.

"Carlie's quite adventurous; she's always thinking up things to do," Mrs Warne said. "When she heard about what they were doing in Roche, she said, 'We can do that too'.

"To her, raising £3 is like raising £3,000. Carlie always wants to help others and I think if she could solve world peace then she would. She really does amaze me."

Carlie has already won the support of the landlord and landlady of the Grenville Arms, Mark Phillips and Gillian Williams, who are giving her space to hold a fête, which will also mark Mother's Day, on Saturday, March 29, between noon and 2pm.

"She's been busy laminating the posters and putting them up in school, friends' windows and cars," said Mrs Warne. "We haven't set a target but if we could make £100 to start with that will be brilliant and if we go over we'll be chuffed to bits."

Anyone who would like to help Carlie is welcome, and more details will be available from Mrs Warne at the fête.

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