A 12-year-old boy has amazed city officials with his determination to single-handedly organise a massive event to raise thousands of pounds for Willen Hospice.
Schoolboy Louis Davey made appointments with Parks Trust bosses, health and safety experts and council officers to discuss his idea for a money-spinning day of music and family fun at Campbell Park.
They were all so impressed with his business acumen that they not only granted his requests, but vowed to support him all the way to make The Big Day Out a huge success on Saturday, September 6.
Meanwhile Stantonbury School pupil Louis is busy spending three hours a day working on risk assessments, security sanctions, waste management calculations and template budgets. Already he has booked six hours of live music and an impressive line-up of stalls and entertainment.
His next job is to persuade a ‘big name’, possibly someone from the X Factor, to perform.
He also plans to approach schools to send leaflets about The Big Day out in the book bag of every single pupil in the city.
“He’s like a mini Alan Sugar. I don’t know where he gets it from,” said his mum Jane, a teaching assistant at Walnuts School. “He walks into meetings with his portfolio under his arm and I think everybody’s surprised when they realise how young he his. But in no time at all they’re offering to help all they can.”
Louis has supported Willen Hospice by distributing collection tins to city shops since he was nine, when a friend’s mother died of cancer.
Said Jane, of Heelands: “I visited her at the hospice regularly and always took Louis with me. It was such a peaceful, wonderful place and it obviously made a lasting impression on Louis.”
When, on December 31, Louise announced his New Year’s resolution was to raise £10,000 for Willen Hospice, Jane and her husband Paul did not take him seriously at first.
“We didn’t realise how hard he’d work to make his ambition come true. But now I really think he’ll do it,.” said Jane.
Helping Louis with the entertainment is events management Real Music MK, whose head Kirsty Duffy said: “He’s incredibly professional and a pleasure to work with. It’s crazy to think he’s not even a teenager yet but he’s capable of doing all this.”
Louis has now set himself one of the hardest tasks yet – finding business sponsorship to cover his overheads of between £3,000 and £4,000.
“I can provide a detailed list of overheads on request,” he told the Citizen.
Anybody willing to sponsor Louis’ event can email firstname.lastname@example.org or view his Facebook page ‘The Big Day Out; in aid of Willen Hospice’.