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Fundraising Cordy does the lot from A to Z

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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AN ENTREPRENEURIAL ten-year-old has proved she has the makings of becoming the next Dragon Den's Deborah Meaden or Virgin's Richard Branson.

Schoolgirl Cordy-Jane Phillips decided over her summer holiday to hold a sponsored bike ride to raise money for Tanya's Courage Trust, a charity which supports young people with cancer.

But the bright young thing was not just content with taking part in the event she also decided to organise and promote it herself too.

The Carclaze Community School pupil designed stickers and made certificates for those who took part in the sponsored bike ride and even convinced staff at Camel Trail Cycle Hire in Wadebridge to sponsor her for the ride.

Nearly ten people took part in the fundraiser from Wadebridge to Bodmin and back again earlier this month, which raised £120 for the St Austell-based charity.

Cordy-Jane's child-minder Thom Richardson said the youngster's imagination was fired up to help a good cause after she spotted representatives from Tanya's Courage Trust walking their dogs.

The youngster had already helped Mr Richardson organise and promote a night of entertainment to help Alan Conway raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care in memory of his wife who died of cancer earlier this year.

Mr Richardson said: "Cordy has been a really great help, giving out posters, helping to sell tickets and doing lots of promotion for my event.

"She even came on the radio with me as part of our efforts to promote the cause. However this sponsored bike ride has all been her own idea.

"She has been fantastic at getting her family and friends involved in the fundraising and everyone has given so generously.

"Cordy-Jane is very entrepreneurial and always has some project on the go. I think for a ten-year-old to organise an entire event on her own in two weeks is pretty good going and she put a lot of time and work into it. She really does deserve recognition for her efforts."

Tanya's Courage Trust was set up by Tanya Billing's mother Iris and Tanya's sister Nikki Empel-Newman after the 17 year-old lost her battle with Adult Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Mrs Empel-Newman said they met Cordy while they were out walking their dogs and told her about the charity.

Mrs Empel-Newman said: "She said 'maybe I can do something for you in the future'."

They were moved by Cordy's kind words but didn't expect her to act so fast in arranging a fundraiser for them.

"A few days later she popped into the shop and said she was going to hold a sponsored bike ride.

"It's just lovely that somebody so young feels so passionately about doing something for charity, especially because children have so much on their minds."

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  • ThomR  |  September 14 2012, 8:58PM

    Well done Missy - so glad you got the recognition you deserve for this - very proud of you xxxx

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