Emmerdale star raises £5,000 for Alzheimer's Society

Sophie Dainty
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From Digital Spy

Young Emmerdale star Alfie Clarke has raised more than £5,000 for Alzheimer's Society by doing a sponsored swim.

The 9-year old – who plays Arthur Thomas on the ITV soap – organised a big charity swim in aid of his on-screen dad's devastating dementia storyline.

Alfie has been delivering heartbreaking performances in the long-running plot, which recently reached a conclusion when Ashley sadly passed away.

But the experience has inspired the talented youngster to raise over £5,000 for an Alzheimer's charity and also train with them to become a 'dementia friend'.

Alfie's mum Fiona Clarke told The Huddersfield Daily Examiner: "Alfie managed to do 46 lengths, which was six more than his target.

"He has raised over £5,100 and the money is still coming in. The swim took him about an hour. He was a bit tired and hungry afterwards, so we went to PAX Burger in Lindley for a treat!

"He is quite passionate about it. He wants to help people with dementia and their families."

You can continue to sponsor Alfie here.

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.

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