Grandson, 11, inspired by grandma on charity walk

Alfie Rawding
Alfie Rawding
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WHEN Alfie Rawding’s beloved grandmother died of cancer it hit the youngster hard.

So he decided to take matters into his own hands and do something to help other people suffering from the disease.

Carol Dane

Carol Dane

At just 11 years old the Mill Hill Primary School pupil arranged a sponsored walk from his home in Cowplain to the Churchillian pub on Portsdown Hill.

He said: ‘It’s been a year since my nan Carol (Dane) died.

‘I wanted to do my own walk so it was just in memory of her and a length that was good but not too long.

‘Running I’m not very good at because I get out of breath easily and I get really bad stitches.’

Carol was 64 and lived close to Alfie and his family in Springwood Avenue, Cowplain.

Sadly she was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer.

She married her husband John on April 4, 2013 and died on April 29.

Alfie said: ‘In the end there were about 10 of us on the walk. There was my family members, my friends and my step granddad.

‘We thought about my nan a lot and it was very emotional. My mum said that my nan would be looking down on me while I was doing it.’

Alfie raised £280 for Cancer Research UK.

His mum Kate said: ‘This period of time is very special for Alfie as it is close to the one-year anniversary of his nan passing away.

‘We’re very, very proud of him for doing this.

‘He was in The News two years ago when he ran with my dad’s Olympic torch. He likes to hang on to things to do with his family.’

Alfie’s grandfather Douglas Gordon Rees carried the flame on behalf of Portsmouth Athletic Club in the 1948 Olympics in the Relay of Peace.