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Alfie Whitnell

Academy’s Alfie goes the extra mile for NHS

So many people are raising funds for our fantastic NHS during the coronavirus crisis but for Maidstone United Academy player Alfie Whitnell it’s personal.

He’s teamed up with best mate Jack Hardy – an Ebbsfleet United youth player – to support the NHS Charities Together.

With parents on the frontline in health and social care at this challenging time, they wanted to do their bit and set about achieving two targets.

They aimed to clock up 200km in a fortnight, in the hope family and friends would back their challenge with sponsorship of £1,000.

And just like our wonderful health and care heroes, they’ve already gone the extra mile, with their fundraising tally at more than £3,300.

Speaking to Kent Online, Alfie said: “We are both obviously into our fitness and football and we have been friends since we were seven.

“We started doing 10km a day just for fun and then we thought we could set ourselves a goal for the NHS.

“We are keeping two metres apart and running on opposite sides of the road, both tracking the time and distance as we are doing it.”

If you’d like to support Alfie and Jack, run your credit or debit card details through the GoFundMe website.