A four-year-old boy who took his first steps less than a month ago will take part in a fundraising walk for his school.
Alfie Jak Hamer, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy, will join pupils, staff and parents in their bid to raise £2 million for a new sports hall at Tor View Community Special School.
And walking beside him will be his proud parents, mum, Michelle, and dad, Carl, who live on Windermere Avenue in Huncoat.
Michelle, 43, said: “We can’t wait. It was the best feeling in the world seeing him walk for the first time after four years of trying.
“We still smile at each other when he toddles past.”
She added: “The school had already planned to do the walk so we met Alfie’s headteacher Andy Squire and thought as he was the latest pupil to learn to walk he should do it as he is just so cute and amazing.
“He is very easy-going and he will do it without a care in the world.”
The determined youngster, who is learning to communicate through sign language, had open heart surgery at just three months old.
He was only able to crawl and pull himself up using furniture until three weeks ago as he suffers from ‘startle’ seizures brought on by unexpected noise or other stimuli, which force him to sit down again if he tries to get up.
But Michelle says the seizures are now more under control and says Alfie will do as much as he can of the ‘Two Million Steps to our Sports Hall’ walk, from Whitworth to the school, on Clod Lane, Haslingden.
The walk will raise funds for a more modern sports hall and an upgrade of the therapy pool and physiotherapy suite that
Alfie uses to help build his muscle tone.
Michelle said: “We’re not worried about him doing the walk as he will have breaks when he wants and he gets an awful lot of fuss
from the staff and other pupils at the school. He is so easygoing. We have loads of people on his Just Giving page who don’t even know him and he’s raised £280 so far when we only set out to raise £50. The school really needs the money for the sports hall as it’s very old-fashioned and new
equipment could really help Alfie and the other pupils.”
The walk will take place on Thursday, July 7. To donate to the cause, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-hamer.