“My biggest thing I want to hear Alfie say is ‘I love you mummy’.” - Costessey mum launches fundraising appeal for speech therapy to help her three-year-old boy
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Like many three-year-olds, little Alfie enjoys doing puzzles and playing games.
But unlike other children his age he cannot communicate with words.
The youngster, who lives on the Queen's Hills estate in Costessey, has a severe speech disorder meaning he can only say a few words and gets easily frustrated.
His mother, Touran Adams-Murgatroyd has set up an online fundraising page to raise £2,500 for weekly private speech and language sessions for a year and an ongoing assessment to help her 'cheeky and lovable' boy.
The 35-year-old, who also has one-year-old twin boys, said: 'My biggest thing I want to hear Alfie say is 'I love you mummy'.'
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Friends and family will gather at Mulbarton Common on December 30 at 11am for a sponsored walk to raise money for the fundraising, which has already topped £320.
The event is open to anyone, including children, and will include a treasure hunt.
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It has been organised by Mrs Adams-Murgatroyd's friend and fellow mum, Kerry Bleach, 32, who said: 'We love Alfie. As a mummy you want to do your best for your children. He is a lovely boy, is full of fun and is really cheeky.'
After Alfie was born he was taken to different groups where he socialised with other babies.
'He was squealing but wasn't doing the traditional babble-type noises. He would react to singing and nursery rhymes but you could see the difference between him and other babies. I just thought he was a really easy child,' said Mrs Adams- Murgatroyd.
Signs of the speech disorder were identified when Alfie was 22 months old.
He was diagnosed as having the communication problem by a professional from the East Coast Community Health Care team last month.
Most three-year-olds should be able to string simple words together in a sentence, but Alfie can only use the odd word including orange, tree, help and yes.
He is mainly non-verbal, points at things and uses some sign language.
His mother said: 'He has got his own language. As Alfie has got older his frustration has got bigger resulting in many tantrums which is heartbreaking as a mum to watch. It is like the words are in his head but he can't get them out.
'I feel he could thrive if he could get speech therapy.'
Speech therapy for children and young people is commissioned by Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups who said they would not comment on individual cases.
Anyone who wants to take part in the sponsored walk should email Mrs Bleach on email@example.com
To donate to the online fund-raising page visit www.gofundme.com/help-find-alfies-voice