A 10-YEAR-OLD schoolboy from Hagley has shown his entrepreneurial spirit by turning a tenner into £150 for charity, after he was set a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style challenge.

Budding young entrepreneur and Winterfold School student Louis Malanaphy was given £10 by his school and tasked with turning the investment into something more substantial.

Money raised will help the school’s new project to fund an IT and library classroom at Ncemaneni Primary School in South Africa.

As he loves cricket, Louis, from Hagley, who plays for the Worcestershire County Cricket team, decided to produce personalised cricket keyrings which he will sell for £3 or £5.

He was supported by local firm Hawk in Drayton who offered him keyrings at a discounted price, and was given advice by Hobbycraft on how to personalise them.

Selling the keyrings at school and to cricketers, he has already taken £148 in sales, with £103 in profit after costs of £45.

James Brinkley, head of boys’ PE and South Africa tour leader said: “This is a really exciting initiative and the children have already mentioned some excellent ideas.

“It is also an opportunity for all of the children to contribute towards the Ncemaneni project in a very positive and personal way.”

Louis is aiming to take his tally to £200 and, in a bid to reach his target, has enlisted the help of his 88-year-old Grandad to help him with production.