James is ‘little entrepreneur’

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A CHARITABLE 12-year-old has raised money for an Ilkeston charity close to his heart by organising a table-top sale at his home.

James Taylor managed to raise £80 in just two hours at the weekend after inviting friends and neighbours to a sale of sweets, toys and cakes.

Although it was the third charity event that the Kirk Hallam Community College student has arranged, this one – in aid of Ilkeston Stroke Club – had a special significance as his great-grandma Eileen Woodward died from a stroke last year aged 98.

“I enjoy doing them,” he explained.

“I like organising them and it’s a good way to get a bit of money for charities that are important to me.”

Resourceful James made his own leaflets for the event on Sunday, set up paste tables in his living room in Burcot Close and manned stalls alongside sister Amber, 9.

Mum Kathryn said that she didn’t mind giving over her living room for a couple of hours.

“I think he’s a little entrepreneur – I’m really proud of him,” she said.

“I’m hoping he’ll be the next Alan Sugar!”

June Sampson from Ilkeston Stroke Club said: “It’s absolutely brilliant for someone so young to do that. People say there are a lot of bad youngsters but there are a lot of good ones out there too.”

James held his first charity event when he was just ten for the MS Society and held a cake sale in aid of the Cats Protection League