A primary schoolgirl from Radlett who came up with a hit new card game is using it to give to charities.
Summer Phillips, eight, created the game Nine 2 Nothing while on holiday with her family last year when she was just seven, because she was bored of playing Uno.
Her dad, Mark, told RadlettNews: “We’d be playing Uno for ages and Summer said she was sick of it, then she said ‘Dad, go and leave me for half an hour and I’ll come up with a new game we can play.’ I went and could see her working away for about 30-40 minutes with a couple of packs of cards she had – then she called us back and we all absolutely loved the game.
“It was her, me, my other daughter and their mum Natalie at first. But soon there were loads of kids and friends playing and having a great time.”
Upon returning home, Summer’s family contacted a number of card making companies to make Summer’s new game official, and by November last year, they had their first batch of deliveries.
After selling the cards to her friends at school, Summer had yet another brilliant idea.
Mark said: “Summer’s school is very charity orientated and when she came home one day, she decided she really wanted to use the card game to help charities. Initially, we weren’t sure how to make it work, but eventually we decided to donate one pack to charity for every one that’s bought.
“We had no idea how effectively it would work, but it’s worked wonders and that’s what it’s all about for us – giving back to charities and Summer learning and having fun.”
Packs have been donated to national charities like Caudwell Children, Make-A-Wish, Rainbow Trust and to the Watford General Hospital children’s ward, where Summer dropped the cards in herself.
Mark reflected on the day Summer dropped the cards in, saying: “I thought it was important Summer dropped the cards into the kids herself so she can see the kind of difference she can make. It should never be about the money, it’s just a brilliant experience for her and it can be great for the charities as well.”