The family of a man left potentially brain damaged after a late-night attack has thanked the local community after a fun day raised £2,000 towards specialist equipment he will need once he leaves hospital.
Despite torrential rain battering The Polegrove at the weekend more than 100 people turned up to take part in an array of activities at the event organised by the friends and family of Alfie Peak.
Alfie was assaulted in Sea Road earlier this year and remains in a serious condition in a specialist unit in Wiltshire and his partner Tanya White has been told he could be left with permanent brain damage.
He is likely to need significant adaptions to his Bexhill home as well as costly equipment and Tanya was overwhelmed with the support Saturday’s fundraiser received – with extra donations taking the total generated up to £3,500.
Speaking to the Observer she said: “We were really worried it might not go ahead because it was pouring down in the morning but we were so touched by how many people turned up to show their support for Alfie.
“We were chuffed to bits and it meant so much to us. Alfie will probably need a lot of new equipment before he can come home and the money raised will really help with that. It gave us all a boost and I cannot thank everyone who helped or donated enough.”
Tanya and Alfie’s aunt Sue Peak, who helped organise the fun day, wanted to give particular thanks to Colossal Events, Emma Peak, Tracey Aston and Sarah Buss while Alfie’s daughter Summa and his cousin Chelzi were also praised for their help in making it the success it was.
Alfie who began responding to loved ones from his hospital bed earlier this month – with a thumbs up and a smile - is still receiving specialist treatment, with his partner making a weekly trip to Wiltshire. Miss White posts regular updates on social networking website Facebook where a well-wishing page has attracted 5,000 members. And anyone who wants to donate call Tanya on 07594 971355.