TV appearances, charity work and winning awards is all in a day’s work for 12-year-old Cory Muizelaar.
The Penshaw lad, nicknamed little Lord Sugar Cube by his mum, was recently recognised for the charity work he does when he was awarded the Newcastle Building Society Cornerstones of the Community Award for Young Person of the Future.
The Biddick School Sports College pupil has used his entrepreneurial skills to fund-raise for Children in Need, raising £525 last year, and for his Scout group and church.
The generous youngster, who likes to read books by Richard Branson and Sir Alan Sugar, organised sponsored walks and car boot sales as well as a cake sale at South Shields Police Station, where his mum Gayle works.
Cory said that he likes fund-raising because he wants to help children less-fortunate than himself.
Cory said: “I think that some children don’t get luxuries like computers. They are lucky if they even get to eat sometimes, and it’s not just in places like Africa, it’s in the UK as well and it needs to stop.”
Cory is also an aspiring actor. He is signed up to CLM Castings and recently appeared as an extra in Inspector George Gently as well as a role closer to home.
He also took to the stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream which was performed last month in Barnes Park.