Team effort raises hundreds to help Hartlepool youngster Alfie Smith

A community fundraising day for Alfie Smith who is determined to walk unaided achieved its goal after raising hundreds of pounds.

Monday, 5th June 2017, 6:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:39 pm
Throston Primary School (red) and Greatham Primary School (blue/white) held a charity football match in aid of Alfie Smith, pictured with football in front row, at Throston Primary School.

People of all ages came together to support a children’s football match and night of entertainment at The Engineers Social Club.

The fundraiser was organised and backed by members of the Town of Hartlepool Facebook community group.

Alfie Smith in his Hartlepool home recovering from his first operation. Picture by FRANK REID

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It raised at least £620 for Alfie’s aftercare as he battles back after his life-changing operation in March.

Alfie, aged nine, was born with cerebral palsy which prevents him doing every day tasks like brushing his teeth, and in severe pain and unable to walk without help.

He has been undergoing extensive physiotherapy to be able stand independently for the first time in his life.

He was at his school, Throston Primary, on Friday for the football match against Greatham FC’s under 11s.

On the dancefloor for the Alfie Smith Fundraising night. Picture by Ashley Foster

Derrick Rowbotham, of the Town of Hartlepool group, said: “A lot of the lads who play for Greatham go to Throston so that’s why we decided to have a match between them.

“We worked closely with Liam Robinson who is a sports development officer for the council for the event.”

There were also stalls, food and a raffle.

Alfie was presented with framed shirts of both teams signed by all the players and a silver cup.

The Jades performing at the Alfie Smith Fundraising night. Picture by Ashley Foster

Many people who were at the football match, and other supporters, helped raise more money on the night at The Engineers Social Club in Raby Road.

The club was bouncing with entertainment provided by four part female group The Jades who sang songs from across the decades.

Youngsters from KR Dance put on a dazzling display and town band Ukelear Power got everyone up and dancing.

Derrick added: “It was a packed house. Alfie and his mam were there. He is a lovely little boy who deserves all that anybody can do for him.”

Throston Primary School (red) and Greatham Primary School (blue/white) held a charity football match in aid of Alfie Smith, pictured with football in front row, at Throston Primary on Friday.

A DVD of the day is being produced which will be sold for £4 with proceeds also going to Alfie’s Fund.

Alfie still needs to undergo two further surgeries - one on his hamstrings and another on his knees.

A major fundraising appeal spearheaded by Alfie’s family raised £50,000 to pay for his first operation which was carried out at Leeds General Hospital.

Alfie Smith in his Hartlepool home recovering from his first operation. Picture by FRANK REID
On the dancefloor for the Alfie Smith Fundraising night. Picture by Ashley Foster
The Jades performing at the Alfie Smith Fundraising night. Picture by Ashley Foster
Throston Primary School (red) and Greatham Primary School (blue/white) held a charity football match in aid of Alfie Smith, pictured with football in front row, at Throston Primary on Friday.