Now hero Alfie, 14, turns Father Christmas

Alfie Dean, a teenager who has been a community hero during the pandemic

Alfie Dean, one of the young heroes of the pandemic - Credit: Pic: Submitted

Teenager Alfie Dean took to streets of Torbay to collect festive treats for children and families in need.

Dressed as Father Christmas, the 14-year-old was collecting donations for Punk Against Poverty.

Alfie, who started the Babbacombe Pantry to help his neighbours by providing groceries in March, kicked off with donations from Morrison’s in Paignton.

By the time he had completed his walk at Torquay harbour, the community champion had filled six trolleys.

His journey began at Morrisons at Paignton Zoo, taking him to stops at Co-op in Winner Street and Tesco Metro, Paignton.

He then stopped for lunch at Shoreline, accepting donations along the way.

From Shoreline, he headed long the coast road to Torquay harbour.

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He said: “All items collected in my trolley will go towards helping the work of Punk against Poverty, particularly helping them provide Christmas goodies for people in our community.

“I remember how needed our pantry and food parcels were, and I know these donations will help so many.”

The Christmas Trolley Dash is just the latest in a stream of Alfie’s activities in the run up to Christmas to help struggling families.

He has been filling dozens of stockings with donated goodies for distribution to deserving children.

His Go Fund Me page the Babbacombe Pantry at Christmas has raised £365.

His efforts have won widespread praise and he was one of the first two recipients of the Mayor’s Special Recognition Award.

In the meantime, Alfie has also been busy at school designing limited edition mugs for the Babbacombe Pantry, to help boost fundraising.

While only a limited edition at the moment, Alfie may get the chance to produce more in the future.

They have cost him £5 to make so he is selling them for £7 each mug.

He said: “They have been designed on school software but the design is lovely.

“The Babbacombe Pantry logo is placed on a sphere to represent how our organisation encapsulates the community.

“This design is repeated around the mug, and has a very cool effect.”