Youngster ran to raise funds for cancer unit

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AFTER spending time in a specialist cancer ward, a youngster set himself a mission to raise money for the unit.

Alfie Saunders, from Bridgemary in Gosport, ran round four laps of a football pitch after being sponsored by friends and family.

His mum Becky Taylor said: ‘Alfie’s cousin Sophie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a few years ago so she was treated at the Piam Brown Unit at Southampton General Hospital.

‘We would take Alfie there to see her so he saw what it was like for children suffering with cancer.’

The seven-year-old got the idea of raising money after he saw the adverts for the Race for Life.

‘I explained to him that this was only for women but he still wanted to do something to donate money,’ said Becky.

Staff at the Piam Brown unit set up a special cheque presentation for Alfie.

Becky said: ‘They thought it was absolutely fantastic that he had done this.’

Alfie managed to raise £165 from his charity run.