8-year-old best friends raise vital funds in aid of their ‘superhero’ brothers
Harrison and Alfie are hoping to raise £5,000
Surrey Young Carers, 8-year-old Harrison and Alfie, have decided to do something positive through the pandemic and are taking on a 5k run in the hope to raise £5,000 for two charities close to their heart; Momentum Children’s Charity and the ADHD Foundation.
Not only are Harrison and Alfie best friends, but they have also each earned the title of being Surrey Young Carers for the role they play in their younger brothers lives. Harrison’s brother, Dylan, is bravely fighting a brain tumour and Alfie’s brother has ADHD. For each of the boys, this has meant putting their little brother’s needs ahead of their own, as well as actively keeping them safe and looked after – whether that be Harrison helping Dylan during an epileptic seizure or Alfie helping to calm and soothe his brother when a change of routine might cause him to get highly distressed.
“Our boys care unconditionally for their brothers by always putting them first, which is a huge job for an 8-year-old” said Alfie’s mum, Koreen.
The pandemic has been extremely challenging and isolating for their families, but thanks to Momentum Children’s Charity and the ADHD Foundation they have not had to face these challenges alone. Now Harrison and Alfie are taking on a 5k run to raise as much money as they can for these charities, whilst hoping to help spread awareness of the work they do for families like theirs.
“We are so proud of them, especially wanting to do something positive in response to the hardships that the pandemic has brought.” said Louise, Harrison’s mum.
The boys see their younger brothers as their ’superheroes’ and are hoping to raise £5,000 through their fundraising page The Superhero Run fundraising on JustGiving. With £2,872 raised so far, they are well on their way to proving that they, too, are nothing short of super.
Michelle, from Surrey Young Carers shared her thoughts too “Alfie and Harrison are inspirational boys and we wish them all the best for their run. They are true heroes who demonstrate the love and care they provide to family members on a daily basis.”