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There's no stopping organiser Cordy, 11

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

CHARITY CHAMPION:  Cordy-Jane Phillips, 11, with her proud mum Jenny and the leaflets for her fundraising event for Children's Hospice South West.

CHARITY CHAMPION: Cordy-Jane Phillips, 11, with her proud mum Jenny and the leaflets for her fundraising event for Children's Hospice South West.

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AN 11-YEAR-OLD has been likened to a pint-sized version of entrepreneur Alan Sugar.

Schoolgirl Cordy-Jane Phillips has arranged her biggest fundraising event to date in aid of Children's Hospice South West.

The Carclaze Community School pupil was so moved after visiting the Little Harbour that she decided to organise a major charity event.

The quick-thinking youngster booked the venue – Mount Charles Social Club – and negotiated for local band the Smokin' Olives to play for free without either of them having an inkling she was so young.

Cordy-Jane said when she walked into the social club on Clifden Road they were shocked she was the voice of the person at the end of the phone.

Mandy Thompson, the club's bar manageress, said: "I couldn't believe how young she is but she is quite determined and it is a lovely thing for her to do. We are delighted to support her."

Her mum Jennifer Greenaway, 29, said: "When she visited the children's hospice she fell in love and felt so sorry for the children; it really touched her heart. She kept going on about a charity event and when Cordy has something in her head you never hear the last of it. She took the phone and came back down and said she had booked Mount Charles Social Club."

The next thing the mum of three knew was her daughter was on the internet searching for bands she wanted to play the event, arranging the catering, writing to businesses for raffle prizes and sorting out the disco.

Cordy even called up Radio St Austell Bay to organise a slot to promote the night and had her mum and an army of friends handing out leaflets.

Miss Greenaway said Cordy's entrepreneurial skills could be likened to those of Sir Alan Sugar.

"When she wants to do something she always knows exactly what she wants. She has a heart of gold and always wants to help people.

"I am so proud of her. I think she will be a great achiever when she is older in whatever she wants to do."

Keith Hill, from the Smokin' Olives, said they agreed to do the gig and then discovered that singer Nick Wherry's mum, is Cordy-Jane's teacher.

He dubbed Cordy's efforts "astounding" and said the band were more than happy to support the night.

As the charity night (Friday, July 5) draws closer Cordy has made a final pitch to punters.

"I'm only 11 years old and I have organised this whole event, so please come along and support the children, I will really appreciate it," she said.

Doors open at 7pm, there will be a fancy dress competition, raffle and children's disco followed by the Smokin' Olives from 9pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children to include a pasty. Tickets are available from 07919 980082, from the social club or by contacting the Smokin' Olives through Facebook.

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  • kareen  |  June 26 2013, 3:45PM

    Wow, this is amazing for such a young person to be so entrepreneural. Her mum must feel so proud of what she's achieved at such a young age. Wishing you success and hope that the charity event is a sell-out. Go Cordy-Jane.

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