Show helps Acle paralympics tennis hopeful Alfie

A FASHION show raised more than �2,000 to help a rising wheelchair tennis star pursue his paralympic dream.

Acle and Brundall Lions Club held the successful show at Jarrold Department Store in Norwich to raise money for Alfie Hewett, of Cantley.

Alfie’s dream is to represent Great Britain at the paralympics and while initially aiming for Rio in 2016, Alfie has been told he has the potential to make London 2012.

A full house of 170 people thoroughly enjoyed the evening and more than �2,000 was raised.

Garry Bowler, president of the Lions club, said: “It was a wonderful night and all the effort was worthwhile with an amount that exceeded our expectations.

“With London 2012 a possibility for Alfie it means a lot of hard work for him but at least we are able to provide even more support so he can hopefully go on and achieve the ultimate.

“Our grateful thanks go to all at Jarrold Department Store for allowing us to hold the event on their premises in Norwich and for all their help and support.”

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Alfie is currently ranked seventh in the junior world rankings, is national junior champion for singles and doubles and also represents Great Britain.

Having already set aside a sponsorship fund of �2,500, the combined amount means that Alfie will be able to enter more tournaments as he chases his dream.