Mum’s mission for her Alfie

The Pritchard family, of Antrim Road North Shore, are organising a series of fundraising events for Brian House Hospice. Rosalind and Chris' son Alfie died at Brian House five years ago, and the events will be in his memory.'Rosalind holding a photo of Alfie, together with Chris and children Millie-Rose (5) and 15 year-old Ryan.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-3-2015

The Pritchard family, of Antrim Road North Shore, are organising a series of fundraising events for Brian House Hospice. Rosalind and Chris' son Alfie died at Brian House five years ago, and the events will be in his memory.'Rosalind holding a photo of Alfie, together with Chris and children Millie-Rose (5) and 15 year-old Ryan. PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-3-2015

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Mum Rosalind Pritchard has organised a rather special afternoon tea next month.

The 40-year-old, of North Shore, has arranged the fund-raising event, at The Monterey Beach Hotel, in St Annes, on April 12 – in memory of her son, Alfie, who sadly died in April 2010.

Yesterday would have been his sixth birthday.

Little Alfie (pictured left) had defied doctors’ expectations to survive just past his first birthday.

He was born with Cerebral Palsy and brain damage. He died in his dad Chris’ arms on April 8 – less than a month after turning one.

His family, including older brother Ryan, now 15, and sister Millie-Rose, four, have held various fund-raising events over the years in a bid to thank those who helped and supported them and put something back for the care they received.

Now they are planning to do five events this year, to mark the five years since losing Alfie.

Rosalind, who is pregnant and due to give birth in July, said: “We want to do five events across the year.

“The afternoon tea will be the first one, then Chris is going to be climbing the Big One rollercoaster at The Pleasure Beach later in the year.

“I’m doing the Trinity Illumathon – six weeks after my C-section.

“And Chris is also doing the Blackpool 10k fun run. We will have other things coming up too.

“We are raising money for Brian House, because of the way they looked after Alfie and did so much for us.

“They also looked after my god-daughter Leah, who passed away and they help so many local families.”

The afternoon tea, which will include an auction – with prizes including a signed Liverpool Jamie Carragher shirt, signed Blackpool FC shirt, a fortnight in a bed and breakfast in the Lake District, and meal vouchers – is open to anyone who would like to come along and enjoy tea, cakes, treats and chatter.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, and £2.50 and children and youngsters over five. The event starts at 2pm.

Rosalind said: “I’m really grateful to everyone who’s helping, especially Sue at The Monterey, who kindly offered for us to hold the event there.

“I’m thankful for all the fantastic prizes we’ve had donated so far and everyone who has said they will make or bring cakes, but would love to hear from anyone else who would like to donate prizes for the auction or bake some cakes.

“Organising events like this helps me keep myself busy and gives me something to focus on.

“We really want to make it a special year of fund-raising.”

For tickets, call 07583 829523 or Sue at The Monterey, on (01253) 
721317.