Family fun day in Northampton park this weekend in memory of six-year-old Alfie

A picnic in memory of a six-year-old Northampton boy who lost his life to a rare brain stem condition will be held this weekend.

Wednesday, 19th July 2017, 12:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:04 pm
Alfie Thomas lost his battle with a rare brain condition when he was six.

The annual Alfie Bear's Picnic will be at Hunsbury Hill Country Park on Saturday (July 22) between 11am and 5pm.

Attractions include a mega slide, an assault course, live music and train rides at the Ironstone Railway.

Alfie Thomas - affectionately known as Alfie Bear - was only six years old when he lost his battle to a rare tumour of the brain stem known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

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Aflie battled the disease for 11 months but sadly died in June 2014.

After their loss, his mum and dad, Zoe & Danny Thomas, set up the Alfie Bear's Journey Fund to raise money for DIPG research, and this year hit a £100,000 milestone.

Now, the Alfie Bear's Picnic will see the Mayor of Northampton, Gareth Eales, open a memorial bench in the little boy's memory.

Zoe Thomas said: "The support we have received from our local community is overwhelming, and we are both extremely touched that a tribute to our little boy will remain in the park that he loved so much."

The memorial bench was donated by councillor Brian Oldham.