Five hundred people get together to remember Alfie Thomas at giant Northampton picnic

Hundreds of people got together at Hunsbury Hill Country Park on Saturday to remember brave Alfie Thomas who lost his fight against cancer in 2014.

Monday, 15th July 2019, 6:25 pm
Alfie.
Alfie.

Hunsbury Primary School pupil, Alfie Thomas, died on in 2014 following nearly a year of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Alfie, nicknamed ‘Alfie Bear’ because he liked a musical toy bear of the same name, suffered from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incurable and inoperable brain stem tumour.

His parents Zoe and Daniel have been hosting 'Alfie Bear's' picnic in Hunsbury Hill Country Park for the past five years and this year have so far raised £2,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity... and are still counting the donations.

Alfie's mum Zoe said: "It's always so overwhelming to see the amount of people that come out to support the day and people approach us still and say they still remember Alfie.

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Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds

"It's really, really nice."

In 2017, then mayor of Northampton, councillor Gareth Eales (Lab, Dallington and Spencer) unveiled a memorial bench for Alfie overlooking the picnic field.

On Saturday organisers hosted a picnic-themed lunch for all of the children who attended. Activities included, inflatables, fete games, craft stalls and face painting.

Clifford-Lightley Academy of Irish Dance were on hand to entertain picnic-goers.
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
Pictures taken by Kirsty Edmonds
The Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust were at Alfie's picnic at Hunsbury Hill.