Eight-year-old Alfie has made a Shire-sized cycle of 35 miles for charity!

Beginning at Wadworth Brewery in Devizes and ending at HorseWorld, Whitchurch, Alfie Waker at only 8 years old cycled 35 miles on Sunday 19th May and did it all for charity!

Alfie was hoping to raise £500 for HorseWorld but has smashed through his target, almost doubling it! His reason for this? Alfie’s best friend Tom the Shire who used to pull the Wadworth brewery drays until he retired a few years ago to the Whitchurch based site, after getting arthritic shoulders.

Support has come from all over and one particular supporter TV Countryfile’s Adam Henson said, “I was really impressed to hear about all of the hard work in raising funds for HorseWorld." Just before the event, Adam said "I would like to wish Alfie every success with his 35-mile cycle on Sunday 19th May, and will keep my fingers crossed that the sun shines and the wind is behind him, to help him on his way.”  

Alfie first caught sight of Tom on his rounds in Devizes when he was still working at Wadworth, after not seeing Tom for some time Alfie approached Wadsworth to ask where he had gone. 

Wadworth passed the message on that Tom had gone to HorseWorld and Alfie felt he had to come and visit him. Alfie had never been to the charity before and after falling in love with the work that was being done, it became his mission to help raise funds. 

Alfie is no stranger to fundraising for HorseWorld. Abseiling down the Safe Store building in November 2011 saw him raise over £200 and the year before that, a 12 mile bike ride along the Avon canal. In total, Alfie has raised over £1,600 for HorseWorld, not bad for an eight year old!

“We are thrilled that Alfie so readily supports us, it is an amazing commitment he makes and helps us raise much needed funds” said Kim Goddard Marketing Coordinator at HorseWorld.

You can sponsor Alfie at www.justgiving.com/Alfie-Waker4Tom, all of this money will go directly back to the charity. You can also text ATWT91 followed by the amount you would like to give e.g £5 to 70070. HorseWorld’s other residents aren’t as lucky as Tom, and nor have they led an easy life. Many of the horses, ponies and donkeys at the charity are rescued from severe neglect, mistreatment and abandonment, the charity channels all of its resources into rehabilitating and re-homing these rescued animals.

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 20th February 2014