Alfie’s big day raises hundreds for sleep chamber

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Alfie with dad Chris.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw003 EMN-151214-111141001
Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Alfie with dad Chris.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw003 EMN-151214-111141001

The family of a five-year-old boy are well on their way to raising £6,500 to buy a sleep chamber for him after a successful coffee morning.

Alfie Barbour, five, hosted the event at Whissendine Sports Club on Sunday.

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Jack and Demmi Bradshaw with Josh Hatfield.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw004 EMN-151214-111152001

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Jack and Demmi Bradshaw with Josh Hatfield.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw004 EMN-151214-111152001

Alfie suffers from Cowden syndrome, which causes tumour-like growths called hamartomas and an increased risk of developing certain cancers. In Alfie, it has also led to him having learning difficulties with a lot of autistic tendencies.

He struggles with his sleep and his family want to buy him a special sleep chamber, where he can relax in a calm environment.

They organised the coffee morning on Sunday to help them towards the £6,500 total, and at the end of the event they had £417 in donations.

Alfie’s dad Chris said: “It was amazing. We didn’t expect the amount of people to be there, and their generosity was overwhelming. People were coming and going but I think we had about 30 there overall.

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Layla, Libby, Daisy, Charlie and Chloe in the ball pool.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw002 EMN-151214-111130001

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber. Layla, Libby, Daisy, Charlie and Chloe in the ball pool.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw002 EMN-151214-111130001

“It made the whole thing really worthwhile. It was a huge relief.

“And Alfie was a lot better than we thought he would be. He is usually quite reserved but he was getting involved and running around.”

Alfie currently sleeps on a small bed which is less than idea for his needs, and can be quite unsafe when he wakes up. But if his family can buy him the special sleep chamber they are trying to fund, they hope to give him a much better environment in which to relax.

Chris said: “We will be able to go in there, keep him save and get him relaxed so he can go to sleep in a safe environment.”

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw006 EMN-151214-111219001

Alfie Barbour, five, from Whissendine, hosts a coffee morning to help raise funds for a special sleep chamber.''Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-12-15-aw006 EMN-151214-111219001

You can help Alfie and his family at www.gofundme.com/v49m2j24.