Bikers to visit Hartlepool schoolboy Alfie Smith ahead of his big operation

Motorbike riders from across the region are set to surprise a Hartlepool youngster as he gets set to undergo a life-changing operation.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 5:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am

Next week, Alfie Smith, who has cerebral palsy, will travel to Leeds with his mum Annie Stalley for surgery which will set him on the road to one day being able to walk unaided and pain-free.

The nine-year-old’s family has had to raise at least £50,000 to ensure the costs of at least two years of aftercare were secured before operation, selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), could be booked.

Alfie Smith. Picture by FRANK REID

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Fundraising for a third year and specialist equipment which will also be needed to give the youngster the best chance of walking, is already underway.

Now, as a surprise treat for Alfie, members of North East Bikers have organised a visit to see the schoolboy after finding out he has an interest in motorbikes.

It is thought around 60-70 bikers, led by a car emblazoned with an image of Alfie and supported by bike marshalls, will be making their way to an address in Hartlepool where the youngster will be.

He will be given the chance to take a look at the bikes, chat to bikers before he will be given a motorbikers salute as they leave.

Alfie Smith. Picture by FRANK REID

Grant Robson, a member of the North East Bikers club said: “When I found out Alfie had an interest in bikes, I contacted his auntie to see if I could arrange something for him.

“I never thought it would be so big, I thought around 20 bikers would be interested. But when I put a message out asking for interest, I was overwhelmed with the response.

“We are also hoping to find a specialised trike to be able to take Alfie out as a passenger for a ride, if he is well enough, - although as yet that hasn’t been confirmed.”

Alfie will also be presented with a special gift on behalf of the club ahead of his visit to Leeds.

Any bikers interested in being part of the Ride for Alfie are asked to meet at David Sykes at 2 Cotsford Lane, Peterlee at 10.30am.