Locals rally for sick tot Alfie

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More than 8,000 people have joined a brave little boy’s fight against cancer though a fundraising Facebook group.

Three-year-old Alfie Hughes was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, earlier this month.

The Team Alfie Facebook group was set up in response to Alfie’s diagnosis last week and since then has gained over 8,000 members and organised several fundraising events and auctions.

Alfie’s parents, Claire Jephcott, 26, and Marcus Hughes, also 26, have been busy taking the youngster to chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital so have not been able to take part in the fundraising, but Marcus says he has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to the group.

Marcus, of Wheatley, said: “I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything since I found out.

“The group has grown so quickly, and it’s amazing how much people want to do to help Alfie.”

Family friends, Kadie Davies and Amy Walker set up the Facebook group, and spend hours every day co-ordinating the fundraising.

Amy says the group intends to raise money for private treatment for Alfie, and ‘anything else he needs.‘

She added: “Thank you all so much for your generosity and support it means a lot. Please help us by keep sharing the page.

For more details on the group and to find out how to get involved, search for Team Alfie on Facebook.