- Advertisement -
Monday, 30 November 2020

CHARITY TODAY AWARDS

Eight-year-old Alfie’s epic London to Paris cycle for NHS

- Advertisement -
EIGHT-year-old Alfie Allan from Hampshire has cycled 212 miles – the distance from Parliament Square in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris – to raise money for Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity.

Keen cyclist Alfie from Farnborough was inspired to take on the challenge to support his local NHS after seeing his dad, who works as a paramedic, work at the frontline of the Covid-19 response.

Smashing his initial £500 target, Alfie has raised £730, with donations still coming in for the Surrey hospital charity’s Covid-19 appeal.

The charity’s appeal, which was set up to support the wellbeing of frontline staff in the fight against the virus, was launched at the end of March and, thanks to the incredible generosity of the local community, has raised close to £300,000.

Alfie said:

“It was important for me to support the NHS because I don’t like the thought of my Dad and his colleagues on the frontline struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and I wanted to help support staff and patients.

“I love to cycle and wanted to help people and I thought this challenge would be something different and would not be easy to complete. I decided to cycle as my daily PE exercise whilst being homeschooled during the lockdown.”

He initially hoped to complete the gruelling distance in a month but, after pushing himself, completed the challenge a week ahead of schedule, in just three weeks. He even cycled 26.34 miles in one day, despite being knocked off his bike and grazing his shoulder and arm.

Alfie continued:

“I found the cycling easier than I thought I would. However, some rides were more challenging than others; especially my marathon distance ride of 26 miles where I ended up falling off and going over the handlebars and injuring my arm. Luckily, I have a Paramedic as a Dad to sort it all out!

“I hope that I may have inspired other people to do something outside their comfort zone.”

David Smith, Head of Fundraising at Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity, said:

“Thanks to the support of those like Alfie, we are funding hot meals for staff, tablets to ensure staff and patients can stay connected with loved ones, and staff recuperation areas where they can catch up on vital rest after long shifts.

“Alfie is a hero for not only completing an extremely tough challenge but for finishing a week early. Despite this, Alfie carried on cycling even after reaching his target to raise as much as possible for the charity. We are so grateful for his dedication – the money raised will make a huge difference to the staff at Royal Surrey.”

Alfie’s dad, Dan Allan, has worked at the Trust since 2018 as a Paramedic Practitioner for Haslemere Minor Injuries Unit, while also supporting an out-of-hours GP service, providing all aspects of emergency and urgent care.

Alfie Allan, 8, completes his London to Paris cycle

Dan Allan said:

“Both myself and my wife are immensely proud of Alfie wanting to do his part in supporting the NHS – I knew once he had the bit between his teeth there would be no stopping him!

“Working through the pandemic has been extremely demanding in many ways. Despite it all, there have also been some notable positives: especially the enhanced community spirit which has been reignited and missed for so long. We have had the opportunity to digest what really is important in life.”

To sponsor Alfie, visit: http://www.rschcharity.org.uk/alfie

To find out more about the charity and how you can help, please visit: http://www.rschcharity.org.uk

Sign up to receive full FREE access to charity news and special sector offers.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

1,381FansLike
1,834FollowersFollow
30,217FollowersFollow
1,200SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

WaterAid brings showbiz stars straight to homes with virtual Christmas during #UKCharityWeek

WATERAID is hosting a star-studded virtual ‘Christmas Get Together’ during #UKCharityWeek on Tuesday 8 December from 6.30pm, bringing seasonal songs, festive readings and special...

Iconic football commentator and bowel cancer survivor, John Motson, calls for more support into bowel research

WORLD-renowned football commentator, John Motson, has this week given his backing to new charity, Bowel Research UK, as part of a bid to drive...

Employment News

Charity Retail Association Board appoints new Chair

EMMA Peake, the Deputy CEO of the Air Ambulance Service, has been appointed to Chair the Charity Retail Association’s (CRA) board. She has taken...

New CEO and Chair at Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

As they approach their 10 year anniversary, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) transforms at the top by introducing Darra Singh as...

NSPCC appoints new Director of Strategy and Knowledge

THE NSPCC has appointed Dr Maria Neophytou as its new Director of Strategy and Knowledge. Maria joins the NSPCC from Impetus, a charity supporting young...

Related News

UK Charity Week Official Partner, Teamwork Trust, continue to support vulnerable adults throughout lockdown

VIRTUAL choirs, walking groups, online cooking clubs and free tablets for those who need them – local adults with special needs are learning new...

Partnership creates the first ever fully Hospice-funded PhD Fellowship

St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow and Brent) and the Palliative & End of Life Care Group at the University of Cambridge have appointed Susannah Browne as St...

National Animal Welfare Trust appoints director of operations

RESCUE and rehoming charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) has appointed Andrew Gillon as director of operations. Andrew brings nearly two decades of experience in the...

How can charities use business skills to overcome obstacles?

The problem It’s tough to imagine how any organisations could have prepared for the unpredictable and quite frankly unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. Periods of lockdown...

144 pairs of wellies laid out to show puddles are for splashing in, not for drinking

WATERAID laid a striking tribute of 144 pairs of brightly coloured wellington boots in the garden of London's Victoria and Albert Museum this week...
- Advertisement -
X