Alfie, nine, buys care home toys out of his own pocket money

From left, Trevor Bennett, Alfie White, Nichola White, Tim Agbenike Picture: GORDON POWLES

From left, Trevor Bennett, Alfie White, Nichola White, Tim Agbenike Picture: GORDON POWLES - Credit: Archant

Never let it be said that nine-year-old Alfie White doesn’t respect his elders.

Where many children might have expected adults to buy them the latest gadget to play with, the Woodbridge youngster bought games for residents at his grandfather’s care home to play with – out his own pocket money.

The Kyson Primary School pupil regularly visits his 66-year-old grandad Trevor Bennett at Allonsfield House care home in Campsea Ashe, near Woodbridge.

As the summer heatwave got into full swing and the residents spent more time outside, Alfie wondered how he could help them to make the most of the summer in the garden of the home.

Deciding they needed some more games to play, he saved his pocket money and asked family friends and relatives for donations so he could buy a garden darts set and a quoits game.

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And is not the first time he has shown goodwill to his elders – he previously brought the residents cakes to celebrate his birthday.

Tim Agbenike, deputy manager of the Kingsley Healthcare-run home, said: “I could not believe it when Alfie turned up and knocked on my office door with the games.

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“It’s wonderful to see a child that age being so thoughtful.

“He spent ages in the garden playing the games with his granddad and the other residents.”

His mother Nichola White, of Pembroke Avenue, Woodbridge, said: “He has always been a sensitive boy more concerned about others than himself – in fact, we have always thought he is quite amazing.

“When it was his birthday, he came in with cakes for everyone in the home.”

She said that her son enjoyed visiting Allonsfield House and talking to all the residents.

Mr Bennett is living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and Alfie is already planning his next fundraiser to support the Alzheimer’s Society.

He said: “I want to do a sponsored bike ride from Woodbridge to Ipswich, a distance of about 10 miles.”

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