Alfie McAnespie has been raising money for Help For Heroes since he was 16 months old and shows no sign of slowing down.
Alfie, from Dhekelia, Cyprus, and now aged nine, is still on the fundraising trail and this time he is climbing Scafell Pike. Yes, you read that right, he is going to climb the highest mountain in England.
A charity close to his heart Alfie’s first challenge saw him walk a mile at the age of one to send food and home comforts to troops in Afghanistan.
At two years old he rode his bike in aid of Help For Heroes while posted to Germany with his family and has since climbed Snowdown and Ben Nevis.
Alfie shares why the charity is so personal to him.
“Help for Heroes was born the same year as me and it’s just close to my heart than any other charity. It’s all down to John Prosser who I helped two years ago."
"I was watching him and the team practise for the Invictus Games and just wanted to help fundraise for a new wheelchair that cost over £3,000. I was really happy when I saw him win medals at the Invictus games.”
Inspired by John Prosser, a veteran Para who was injured several times in the first 12 years of his 25-year service in the British Army, Alfie’s hard work did not go unnoticed.
While competing in the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando where Para-Tri and Power-Rower John Prosser won a gold and silver medal, Alfie’s fundraising efforts were commended among fellow competitions.
Not only did word spread to competitions but to His Royal Highness Prince Harry himself who personally thanked Alfie.
Alfie’s mum Anja McAnespie is incredibly proud of her son.
“From a very young age Alfie has been extraordinarily selfless, he’s always thinking of others and always willing to help to go the extra mile.”
“My husband is a serving officer in the Army and you get to see on a daily basis what people may not see. It’s not always about visible illnesses, it’s about hidden wounds as well. We come across it more than you would in civilian life.”
“I think the most heart-breaking moment was when we reached the top of Snowdon and we rang John Prosser to tell him that we got the wheelchair. Alfie was extremely emotional because it has made such a difference in John’s life.”
Joining Alfie on the final leg of his Three Peaks Challenge later this year is celebrity ambassador for Help For Heroes Antony Cotton who plays Sean Tully in Coronation Street. They previously climbed Snowdon together where Alfie raised £6,000.
Another one of his celebrity followers is TV presenter Lorraine Kelly who recorded this special message in support of his latest challenge.
Celebrity fans aside Alfie has been recognised by Help For Heroes who have presented him with an award for dedication to the charity. He also received a signed letter from Prime Minister Theresa May who invited Alfie to a Christmas party a Downing Street.
The Three Peaks is just the start though as Alfie has his eyes set on higher heights to raise money for Help For Heroes with Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest on his wishlist.