The Gainsborough community have rallied round to remember a remarkable little boy who tackled each day ‘like it was a great adventure’ before he lost his battle with a terminal illness aged seven.
Brave Alfie Williams passed away at home on the evening of Saturday 13th June after a two and a half year fight with a rare form of muscle cancer.
Parents Gareth and Sam Williams have this week paid tribute to their ‘amazing’ little boy, who was ‘interested in anything and everything’ and had a special penchant for teddy bears, swordfighting, diggers and superheroes.
Gareth said: “Alfie came first, above and beyond - he was everything to us.”
“Last year, we were told that Alfie’s cancer was terminal and he may only have a few months left with us. But Alfie had other ideas, and through his will and determination we enjoyed another year together.”
“Of course we were aware that Alfie’s illness was terminal, but it doesn’t make any difference - nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child.”
“However, we want Alfie to be remembered for the incredible zest for life he had and for his lovable traits, not because of his illness.”
Keen to see the world, Alfie had a wall-to-wall poster in his bedroom featuring cities such as London and Paris, and enjoyed precious family holidays there before his death, along with his parents and loving older brothers Henry, 14, and George, 16. The inspirational youngster was also the proud winner of the Little Trooper of the Month award and Standard’s Child of Courage award, and mingled with celebrities such as Peter Andre while attending the ceremonies.
“Rubbing shoulders with celebrities made Alfie believe that he was famous himself!” said Sam. “We once walked into a cafe and he pointed to the manager and asked us if the man knew he was famous. The manager asked him for his autograph and hung it up on a board so customers could see the famous Alfie has been there.”
“It goes to show how much kindness there is. We just want to thank everyone who was a part of his life, even for those little moments,” Gareth added.
Gareth and Sam also expressed thanks to Alfie’s school, St. George’s, who gave ‘extra special’ support to the youngster, and to hardworking staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where Alfie received treatment, and everyone who supported them during Alfie’s journey.
There will be a public memorial service at Alfie’s school, St. George’s, on Saturday 11th July at 11am.Any readers wanting information on the service are asked to call Cliff Bradley funeral directors on 01427 810619. Alfie’s parents have asked that over 5s only attend the service.
People who wish to make a donation in Alfie’s honour can do so to PACT at http://www.pactfriends.co.uk