Alfie (8) runs to raise funds for Uganda

Alfie Brown has raised money for the Uganda Child Education Trust
Alfie Brown has raised money for the Uganda Child Education Trust

AN eight-year-old boy has turned a school cross-county running event into a chance to raise money for a Ugandan charity.

Alfie Brown set himself a £500 target and has just £73 left to raise.

Alfie, who goes to Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, competed in a cross country run on Saturday, and was the only runner raising money at the same time.

Alfie’s mum Anna-Marie said: “I’m really proud of him being so aware of the difficulties that other children have to face.”

He is raising money for the Uganda Child Education Trust, which was set up by a family friend, Shay Martin, who runs the charity in the small village of Kitende in Uganda.

The charity, which relies on sponsorship and donations to survive, helps to pay teachers’ wages, buy educational materials for the local school and provide a daily meal for the village children.

On his Just Giving page Alfie wrote: “I am not the fastest runner in my class but I promise to run as fast as I can for Shay and the children in Kitende.”

To sponsor Alfie visit www.justgiving.com/Alfie-Brown