Gallery: Toddler Alfie is a real hero

ALFIE McAnespie knows what it's all about.

Elvin King

ALFIE McAnespie knows what it's all about.

The 16-month old yesterday completed a mile sponsored walk in aid of the 'Help for Heroes' campaign that supports wounded service personnel from the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones.

The toddler's dad Lee is a staff sergeant at Wattisham station, and he completed his walk around the grounds of Birch Farm Nursery at Hintlesham to raise �750.


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Alfie is the youngest person in the country to raise cash for the cause, and he attends the nursery during the day.

“Every contribution helps,” said Lee. “Alfie knows when I put my uniform on that I am going off to work, and money raised by this campaign will go to colleagues who have suffered on tours of duty abroad.”

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Mum Anja is also proud of their son, and this former member of the German national women's football team was behind the idea for the lad to do the walk.

“He was still running around afterwards and he is always full of beans,” said Anja, who played in midfield for Hannover 96 and latterly for Reading Royals after moving to this country.

Lee's brother Kieran plays football for Morton in the Scottish League and Alfie's sister Kelly Louise and step brother Anthony Clapham are also involved in sport.

Kelly Louise, 17, has just starting work for Mark Tomkins' yard at Newmarket with hopes to become a jockey and Anthony, 19, is captain of cricket at Sandhurst.

Apart from army personnel from Wattisham, Ipswich Town skipper Gareth McAuley was on hand to congratulate Alfie, and the youngster is to be mascot for a game at Portman Road next season.

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