Eight-year-old with £1bn fundraising dream Alfie Oswick will bring out the ball at East Anglian derby

Alfie Oswick, 8, is raising money for Dereham Cancer Care.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Alfie Oswick, 8, is raising money for Dereham Cancer Care. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An eight-year-old boy with an ambitious dream to raise £1bn for a cancer charity will bring out the ball at tomorrow's East Anglian derby.

Alfie Oswick, 8, is raising money for Dereham Cancer Care. Pictured with his mum, Jennifer, grandmot

Alfie Oswick, 8, is raising money for Dereham Cancer Care. Pictured with his mum, Jennifer, grandmother Amanda Owen and younger brother Charlie, 4. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Alfie Oswick, from Cawston near Reepham. launched Alfie's Awesome Appeal to help raise money for Dereham Cancer Care after losing both his great-grandmother and great-grandad to cancer.

And when he was four, Alfie's mum Jennifer was diagnosed with skin cancer - she has been in remission for the last four years.

Alfie created his own YouTube channel to upload videos of toy reviews and asks people to send in challenges so he can receive donations after he has completed them.

He said: 'I have always wanted to do videos and have my own channel so I thought I would do it to raise money and that's where the idea for Alfie's Awesome Appeal came from. My channel is called awesome kids playz.'

Eight year old Alfie Oswick learns about cancer cells with research scientist Dr Stephen Robinson.

Eight year old Alfie Oswick learns about cancer cells with research scientist Dr Stephen Robinson. Picture: John Money - Credit: John Money

At the end of December, Alfie started his fundraising page and has so far raised over £1600.

'I am really happy to have raised so much money, it has been lots of fun so far and I can't wait to do more this year,' he said.

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'I want to raise as much money as possible to help other people who have cancer and one day I want to become a scientist and find the cure for cancer. I don't want anyone else to be poorly or suffer.'

Due to his love of science, Aflie was invited as a special guest to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia in January, where he experienced first hand how DNA is extracted and looked at cancer cells under a microscope.

Mrs Oswick said: 'Dereham Cancer Care really is a special place and Janet [pictured] makes everyone feel so welcome. They deserve every penny we raise!'

Alongside Alfie's fundraising page, the family will also hold a pamper evening on Wednesday, April 5, at Whitwell and Reepham station.

They are also planning sponsored obstacle races with friends and family later on in the year.

To donate and help Alfie's Awesome Appeal visit:www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alfiesawesomeappeal.

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