THE FAMILY of a man left fighting for his life after a late-night attack has been given £150 by Bexhill Police.
Alfie Peak was assaulted last summer and is currently being treated in a specialist neurological unit in Wiltshire – leaving his long-term partner Tanya White having to make the lengthy trek each time she visits.
Miss White has ambitious plans to set up a new charity and has been busy raising the funds needed to make adaptions to their Bexhill house to make it easier for Mr Peak to return home once he is well enough and also pay for the specialist equipment he is almost certain to need.
She has targeted £5,000 – the sum she needs to establish a charity - and earlier this week that total became a little more achievable thanks to a £150 donation from Bexhill’s neighbourhood policing team.
The cash comes from the Sussex Police Property Act Fund, which is made up of money received by the police from the sale of goods confiscated by the courts and sold.
Mr Peak’s family was given a cheque at Bexhill Police Station by PCSO Rachael Scott, who said: “We hope that this donation will go someway in helping with Alfie’s recovery.
“It’s been a really tough time for all the family. Tanya and Sue (his aunt) are working tirelessly to raise money for equipment to help Alfie with his rehabilitation.”
A grateful Tanya said: “It’s a weekly trip of four hours each way, it’s very tiring, but Alfie needs us and we want to be with him as much as we can.
“All donations are gratefully received and appreciated by us all. We are only a short way off raising nearly £5,000 already, we just need another £80 to reach our initial target and we will have become a registered charity for Alfie.”
Anyone who would like to donate to or organise a fundraiser should call Tanya on 07594 971355.
Just last month The Observer revealed Mr Peak had begun showing signs of improvement and regular updates are available on social networking site Facebook on an Alfie Peak Well-wishers page.