Pint-sized hero scales the heights for charity cash
PINT- SIZED hero Alfie McAnespie stepped up his efforts to raise £2,000 for charity on the slopes of Ben Nevis.
The Colchester youngster, who is aged just nine, conquered the mountain at the weekend in the company of Coronation Street star Antony Cotton in aid of the Help for Heroes charity.
Alfie shot to fame as Help for Heroes’ youngest fundraiser when he walked a mile unaided at just 16 -months- old.
Following on from his many past adventures – including climbing Snowdon last year – the ascent of Scotland’s biggest summit on Saturday marked the biggest, and highest, challenge so far in Alfie’s young life.
Antony, best known for playing Sean Tully in Coronation Street, is an ambassador for Help for Heroes.
When one of his close friends was suffering with post traumatic stress disorder and was supported by the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick, Antony vowed he would do all he could to help the charity as a thank-you for looking after his friend. When little Alfie contacted the soap star on Twitter to ask if he would complete the Ben Nevis ascent with him, Anthony immediately signed up for the four-mile climb.
The intrepid pair set off to climb Ben Nevis from Fort William early on Saturday morning.
They appeared on Lorraine Kelly’s breakfast ITV show on Friday when an emotional Alfie was treated to a surprise video message from his dad Lee, who is serving abroad with the Parachute Regiment.
Alfie was inspired by Scottish war hero Stu Pearson from East Kilbride, who lost his leg in Afghanistan and was immortalised in the film Kajaki, to climb Mount Snowdon last year after the pair met at an event at Westminster.
Alfie McAnespie and Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton set off on their Ben Nevis Challenge. f30 Alfie walk 1IF Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image.