Primary school pupil Alfie Shaw decided to wear his shorts for a year before he begins high school. It was while doing this and encouraged by his family he chose to raise funds for the Throat Cancer Foundation to help raise awareness of throat cancers after his grandfather was diagnosed with the disease in 2017.
Aflie says, “The last week of January was very cold for me, but it was not as bad the daily chemotherapy and radiotherapy my grandad had to endure. Thankfully he beat it. I’m looking forward to wearing my shorts in the snow.”
Speaking on behalf of the Throat Cancer Foundation, Gordon Dow, Development Manager said, “Alfie has been an inspiration to everyone we have spoken to about his very brave amazing ‘chilly’ challenge. For anyone to endure temperatures of minus 2 in shorts on a daily basis is very daring indeed. He’s on target to bring in a four-figure sum for our work.
We are working on a £10,000 project to design and distribute “throat cancer” information booklets to all UK cancer treatment centres which will giving information and support to all those patients and loved ones dealing with a throat cancer diagnosis. Alfie’s fundraising challenge will make a significant contribution to this nationwide project.”