Schoolboy raises cash for baby ward

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A Clipstone school boy raised cash for the King’s Mill Hospital as part of a summer holiday challenge.

Seven-year-old Alfie-J Newbold raised £100 for the Neo-Natal ward by running a name the teddy competition.

He was inspired to raise the money after his school, Samuel Barlow Primary, set pupils a list of 46 tasks to complete during the summer break.

Challenges included make a kite and fly it, go on an adventure, bake a cake and raise cash for charity.

With the pupils who completed the most challenges winning the chance to have a school sleep over Alfie-J was determined to do well.

He chose one of his own teddies and friends and family donated in exchange for guessing the bear’s name.

Alfie-J’s mum, Katie, said: “Alfie-J said as soon as he got the list he’d like to raise money for charity.

“He came up with the idea and picked one of his own teddy bears to use.”

When it came to dedciding on a charity Alfie-J, big brother to Lucas, three, and Jason, one, had an idea in mind.

Katie explained: “We talked about a charity and decided that lots of people we know were already raising money for cancer charities, he said because he is a big brother he wanted to do something to help babies.”

After raising the money, Alfi-J and Katie went along to King’s Mill where ward leader, Sue Selby and staff nurse, Sophie Reddington, accepted the donation and pulled out the winning name - Sleepy.

Sue Selby, ward leader, neo-natal unit, said: “Alfie-J’s donation was gratefully received and will enhance the care of babies and their families who receive treatment on the neo-natal Unit.”