Alfie s surprise for Allonsfield House residents
It was a generous gift that thrilled Trevor Bennett, 66, and fellow residents at Allonsfield House care home, in Campsea Ashe near Woodbridge. On his regular visits to the Kingsley Healthcare run home, Mr Bennett’s grandson Alfie White, nine, pondered on how he could help residents make the most of summer time in the garden. He decided they needed some more games to play so, saving his pocket money and asking family friends and relatives for donations, he bought a garden darts set and a quoits game.
Tim Agbenike, the home’s deputy manager, said: “I could not believe it when Alfie turned up and knocked on my office door with the games. “It’s wonderful to see a child that age being so thoughtful. “He spent ages in the garden playing the games with his granddad and the other residents.” His mother Nichola White, of Pembroke Avenue, Woodbridge, said: “He has always been a sensitive boy more concerned about others than himself – in fact, we have always thought he is quite amazing. “When it was his birthday, he came in with cakes for everyone in the home.”
She said that her son, a pupil at Kyson Primary School, in Woodbridge, enjoyed visiting Allonsfield House and talking to all the residents. Mr Bennett is living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and Alfie is already planning his next fundraiser to support the Alzheimer’s Society. He said: “I want to do a sponsored bike ride from Woodbridge to Ipswich, a distance of about 10 miles.”
Photo: From left, Trevor Bennett, Alfie White, Nichola White, Tim Agbenike (Home Deputy Manager).