Alfie’s Air Ambulance fundraiser is flying high

Young Air Ambulance fundraiser Alfie Lewis. (Submitted Picture).
Young Air Ambulance fundraiser Alfie Lewis. (Submitted Picture).

A Dungannon boy has raised over £2,000 for the Air Ambulance fund after being inspired by renowned campaigner for such a service in Northern Ireland, the late Dr John Hinds.

Young Alfie Lewis had met and chatted with Dr John a few years before his untimely death last July and treasures the signed knee slider Dr John gave him.

Having unexpectedly received a Dr John replica motorcycle helmet from Santa, Alfie decided he was going to do something in his hero’s memory.

After meeting with Dr John’s mother and getting her blessing he set about making his own plan to do a cycle ride around the Ulster Grand Prix circuit with a distance of just over 7.4 miles consisting of some big long hill climbs.

Young Alfie, now 11, requested permission from the UGP organisers to cycle and fund raise during race week and Scottish businessman Ian Garden of Rig Deluge provided Alfie with a new bike after hearing of his plan.

The determined youngster then set up his own fund raising page with a target of £1000.

The Ride took place last Friday with Alfie accompanied by mechanic RC Express racing team mechanic Danny Horne

Alfie has raised over £2100 so far for the Air Ambulance with his funding page still open for another few weeks. A spokesman for the NIAA stated that all the board members were extremely proud of him.