- Six-year-old Alfie Jones is unable to walk or sit unaided and can’t get around without his wheelchair
- But the brave boy took to the sports field to join his classmates and take part in sports day at Tyldesley Primary School
- The footage shows him fighting his way along the field to the finish line
The parents of a disabled schoolboy have shared the inspiring moment he crawled his way over the finish line of a sports day race.
Six-year-old Alfie Jones is unable to walk or sit unaided and can’t get around without his wheelchair.
But the brave boy took to the sports field to join his classmates and take part in sports day at Tyldesley Primary School – and battled all the way to the end.
The footage shows him fighting his way along the field to the finish line as his classmates and their families clap and chant his name.
Alfie was born 10 weeks early and was left with Cerebral Palsy after a bleed on his brain.
He understands everything around him and what people say but is unable to speak, so communicates using a program on his iPad.
His parents Andrew and Kerrie, both 33, from Astley, shared the video from last year’s sports day as part of their fundraising appeal to help get their son a new wheelchair.
Alfie, who also suffers with stiffness in his legs and my arms, is unable to stay in his current one for long periods and it stops him from being able to join in certain activities.
Mum Kerrie, who works in admin at Christie Hospital, said: ‘Sports day was wonderful to watch, the support and encouragement he receives from school friends is amazing.
‘It was overwhelming hearing his school friends chant his name to spur him on.’
She added: ‘His manual wheelchair gives him more independence and lets him explore under his own steam.
‘With his current chair, he’s unable to stay in it for long periods and is not able to go some places he’d like to. It’s a very basic chair with very little support so it doesn’t help with his posture.
‘The new chair would meet all of his needs, not only physically but it would allow him to go to more places with his friends and family.’
Because Alfie is not walking, he now has hip dysplasia – misalignment of the hip joint – and will need surgery at Alder Hey in January.
His gofundme page has so far raised £2,400 of his £6,500 target.
His school is helping by raising money with an Easter egg raffle and fellow pupils Mia Gagne, Chloe Gill and Kaitlin Gunshon are making Hama Bead keyrings to sell in school.
After a generous donation from eBay, every penny from the keyrings will go towards Alfie’s fund.
Also, in May Kerrie and and husband Andrew, a civil servant at MYCSP, will be taking part in the Manchester 10K run to give the fund a further boost.
Tyldesley Primary School teacher Julia Buck said: ‘Alfie has been a pupil at our school since Reception and so when we heard about his appeal we were more than happy to help.
‘We have had a mega Easter egg raffle to help raise some money for the cause and some of our kind children have volunteered to make trinkets such as bracelets, key rings and Hama Bead creations to sell.
‘Alfie’s new wheelchair will allow him to continue to develop his independence and enjoy his adventures both in school and at home. We are hoping to raise as much money as we can for one of our very own school family.’