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/ Sarah Gough - The Alfie Gough Trust
How long have you lived in Ramsgate?
I have lived in Ramsgate my whole life. As have my Parents.
Why did you start helping the local community?
Our Son Alfie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2009 and in 2010 things took a turn for the worse and a campaign began in Thanet to help raise money for Alfie for treatment in America.
We lost Alfie in July 2010 but the support from our local community was overwhelming and we decided that we wanted to give something back to such a wonderful community.
What are your earliest memories of Ramsgate?
As a child we spent a lot of time down at Ramsgate beach and Pleasurama and Ellington park I always remember the little steam train which use to be in the park and the Phoenix fair which used to come once a year to the park.
What are your ambitions?
To continue to work with others to make Ramsgate a wonderful place for our children to grow up in. As the years have gone by unfortunately parts of my childhood have disappeared and things have changed not for the better. It would be nice to see Ramsgate back as the sunny seaside town it was years ago.
What are you currently working on or towards in Ramsgate?
Our Annual Teddy bears picnic is what we are currently working on. This will be our 5th year and the event has grown from strength to strength. We pride ourselves on this being a community event and giving something back for all the support they showed Alfie. Although this is a fund raising event for the charity we also try to do a lot of free activities for families to enjoy and make good use of the King George VI Park for a day of fun.
Why did you start this current project?
7th July 2010 the first ever teddy bears picnic was held to raise money for Alfie’s treatment. We had a refreshment tent selling cupcakes and soft drinks along with face painting and story time with a giant teddy bear. Now in 2014 we have over 20 stalls for children, bouncy castles, pony rides inflatable football pitch. And all day free entertainment ranging from Majorettes display to peppa pig.
Where did you get the idea from to start this?
In July 2010 we did many fund raising events to help raise money for Alfie’s treatment this was just one of many ideas. The teddy bears picnic is the only event Alfie ever attended and this is why we chose to continue this event, year after year in his memory.
What can Ramsgate look forward to from you in the future?
We hope our annual teddy bears picnic will continue to grow and the community will continue to enjoy it as much as we do holding the event in Alfies memory.
How do you feel your contribution has helped or made a difference to Ramsgate?
We feel we have created an event which the children and adults love we have wonderful turn out year after year and people leave looking forward to coming back the following year. It is great to see families walking to the Park with picnic’s and the children arriving with their Teddy Bears ready to watch them parachute the bear from the sky by the Kent Kite Flyers.
It’s really a unique and a special day and we are always delighted to see so many happy faces and just nice to see the Park full of people all relaxing on the grass enjoying the entertainment.
Where do you see yourself helping the community in a years time?
We hope Alfies sprit and memory will continue to live on in our community along with our teddy Bears picnic. Long term it would be nice to hold another event during the year for the children, which is as successful as the teddy bears picnic.