A 13-year-old from Widnes has raised more than £20,000 for charity after the tragic death of his father in 2017. Alfie Fitzsimmons was eight years old when his dad, Keith, took his own life after a battle with mental health issues.
Now, the schoolboy is raising money for a charity that helps children who have been affected by suicide. His mum, Alison Furlong told the Liverpool ECHO about the lack of services available for children who are dealing with grief and bereavement.
The 47-year-old said: “I couldn’t find any support groups for children and he didn’t know anyone in his situation. I tried to find somewhere as far away as Manchester and couldn’t find anywhere. He just wants to help people in the same situation. I’m really lucky he’s always been good.”
Now, after working extensively with Everton in the Community, the teen is helping host a family fun day. Allison, the owner of a dog accessory company, said: “We’re holding a family fun day on August 13 at the Irish Centre on Boundary Street in Everton. We’re raising money for a charity that helps children who have been affected by suicide.
“He’s raised just over £20,000 so far. We’ll be showing the Everton match and then there will be a raffle, quiz show and a live podcast giving the children the chance to be on a podcast.”
The brave schoolboy got in touch with the club when he sent a handwritten letter saying he had a “tough year” after his dad “went to heaven due to a mental illness”. He asked Everton to help him “think of some ideas” to help people because he said he knew “how good the club is at helping.”
Five years on he has managed to continue working with the club and Allison said he hopes to start a podcast in the future where he and other people who have gone through similar experiences can talk about the effects of grief and bereavement from suicide.