A BOY of eight has turned a school cross-county running event into a chance to raise money for a Ugandan charity.
Alfie Brown has set himself a £500 target and has just £73 left to raise.
Alfie, who goes to Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, will compete in a cross country run tomorrow, and be the only runner raising money at the same time.
Children from schools from across the area will be taking part in the one-and-a-half mile event, being held at Stamford Queen Eleanor School.
His mother Anna-Marie, 44, of Abbey Road, Bourne said: “I’m really proud of him being so aware of the difficulties that other children have to face.
He will be running to raise money for the Uganda Child Education Trust, which was set up by a family friend, Shay Martin, who runs the charity in the small village of Kitende in Uganda.
The charity, which relies on sponsorship and donations to survive, helps to pay teachers’ wages, buy educational materials for the local school and providing a daily meal for the village children.
Because of the regular social media updates from Shay, Alfie and the family have a close connection with the charity.
Anna-Marie said: “It gives a wonderful window into the lives of people in the Third World, so my children are very aware of just how fortunate they are.”
After publicising her son’s charity efforts on Facebook and Twitter complete strangers have given sponsorship saying how impressed they are of the efforts of such a young boy.
Anna-Marie added: “He’s taking his commitment very seriously and been training most evenings for the last two weeks on the Abbey Lawn and Well Head in Bourne.”
Alfie wrote on his Just Giving page: “I am not the fastest runner in my class but I promise to run as fast as I can for Shay and the children in Kitende.”
To sponsor Alfie visit www.justgiving.com/Alfie-Brown