'Pantry star' Alfie lands top award

Award-winning teenager

Award-winning Alfie - Credit: Submitted

KIND-HEARTED Torbay teenager Alfie Dean has been given a top award.

Alfie, 14, set up the Babbacombe Pantry outside his home to offer the elderly and vulnerable the chance to collect essential items like milk, bread and tins of food without putting their health at risk by going to the shops.

He also set up a GoFundMe page to help keep the pantry well-stocked and asked for donations of non-perishable goods.  

“The Pantry was something that was relied on by so many people and when we started delivering food parcels as well, I noticed that people of all ages were using it”, said Alfie. 

Torquay Rotary Club, this year celebrating its centenary, was so inspired by Alfie that it nominated him for a Rotary Young Citizen Award 2021, which was presented at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by BBC TV presenter Ellie Crisell.

Teenager receiving award from BBC presenter

At the virtual ceremony, Alfie is pictured with his award, which he received from TV presenter Ellie Crisell. - Credit: Submitted

Alfie also launched a Christmas Appeal, collecting gifts and raising funds to provide 400 Christmas stockings to distribute to local families in need. He also wrote a strong letter to local MP Kevin Foster about free school meals for children in the Christmas holidays and he did a trolley dash between Torquay and Brixham wearing a Santa suit.

Teenager with donated Christmas presents

Alfie with his Christmas collection - Credit: Submitted

He then did an Easter Egg Hunt and delivered more than 200 Easter eggs to children and rebranded his campaign as “Alfie in Babbacombe”.

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Alfie received a trophy, a certificate and £300 to go towards his chosen project.

He said: “It’s such an honour to have been selected, especially with so many other amazing people being nominated”. 

Torquay Rotary’s youth lead, Lorna Milnes, said: "Alfie demonstrated exemplary personal qualities that improved many people’s lives."

Alfie has been one of dozens of local people nominated for the Torbay Weekly Our Heroes campaign. In partnership with Majestic Tours, we are planning to salute all those who have gone the extra mile to help others in the pandemic with a special community event.

You can still nominate by emailing details to torbayweekly@archant.co.uk

Rotary members use their time to make a difference in their communities and clubs are open to anyone over the age of 18. More details: 01803 521503.