Six months later, motivated by his own experience, Alfie wrote a letter to Everton Football Club to ask for their help in raising funds for those less fortunate than himself. Everton’s immediate response and subsequent important meetings laid the foundation for what would become Alfie’s Squad.
The core mission of Alfie’s Squad is to support children who have been bereaved by suicide. This will be done by establishing a much needed peer support group for children bereaved by suicide. Remarkably, such dedicated support for children is not available anywhere in the UK. Alfie’s Squad intends to provide these children with a safe space to make friends and find solace in the company of peers who share similar experiences.
Alfie’s vision has blossomed into a groundbreaking initiative that aims to support these children by helping to reduce isolation and improve their feelings of self-worth. Approximately 9,000 children are bereaved by parental suicide every year in the UK and they have no access to peer support. If you add to the equation children who lose a different family member or even a friend and that number can easily be trebled.
We are not just creating a group for practical support, we are building a community that children, like Alfie, can call their own. In addition to the children’s support group, we will be setting up an adults group, which will run at the same place and time as the children’s group.
Raise Awareness: Raising awareness of Alfie’s Squad and helping us to make connections with local communities is vital for us to be able to support as many young people as possible. We want to build a community and we need your help to do it.
Support our journey: Many workplaces have a nominated charity of the year and putting Alfie’s Squad forward for consideration is a great way to help. We can help with supporting material for any pitch you have to make.
Fundraise with us: We have lots of different fundraising events throughout the year, and they don’t all involve fire walking or throwing yourself out of a plane! We have something or everyone from quiz nights to golf days.