Alfie puts in the hard yards with rugby run fund-raiser
Alfie Martin has run a lap of Cornwall, visiting every rugby club in the county to raise cash for charity. Alfie, third from right, at the home of the Cornish All Blacks in Launceston
23rd June 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
A young rugby player has completed a lap of Cornwall visiting every rugby club in the county, including Saltash, and raising over £5,000 for charity.
Alfie Martin decided to take on the challenge to raise money for two deserving causes — Chae Jenkins from Bude who is battling a brain tumour, and Cornwall Mind.
Alfie explained: “I went to Truro College with Chae and played rugby with him. “We had some good times and some great laughs, especially away days on the bus.
“He’s a really great guy and I was devastated when I found out what he’s going through. I thought I wanted to do something about it.”
Cornwall Mind was chosen as the second recipient. Alfie said: “Living in Cornwall I have had people I know, and that I’ve gone to school with that have taken their own lives and suffered with mental health issues. I think Cornwall Mind are doing a great thing. I wanted to support them as well.”
Alfie set off from Bude Rugby Club on June 1 and made his way to Camelford; Bodmin; Wadebridge; Newquay; Perranporth; St Agnes; Redruth; Redruth Albany; Illogan; Camborne; Veor; Hayle; St Ives; St Just; Penzance and Newlyn; Helston; Falmouth; Penryn/Camborne School of Mines; Stithians; Truro; Roseland; St Austell; Lankelly Fowey; Liskeard; Torpoint; Saltash; Launceston and finally to Bude.
He was joined by several people throughout his route and received donations along the way. The rugby clubs also gave Alfie a warm welcome, offered him food and refreshments and gave him a place to stay for the night.
He finished his journey on Saturday after setting off from Launceston with a group of Cornish All Blacks players who accompanied him on his last leg to Bude.
Chae and his mum, Maggie, were there to welcome him back. Alfie had completed 81 hours of walking, covered 271 miles, notched up 610,966 steps with an elevation of 26,292 feet.
He said: “The rugby community is just fantastic in Cornwall and I have enjoyed going to visit all the clubs. It’s been brilliant.”
“The donations have been flooding in and the total has been going up every day. No matter how hard it got, I just thought about why I was doing it. I’ve had tough days but every day was an opportunity to raise awareness and money for these people. Thanks to everyone for their support and to the rugby clubs for being so welcoming.”
Through online donations and cash donations, Alfie has raised over £5,000, with money coming in. Maggie Watts, Chae’s mum, said: “It’s just been awesome that people can be so selfless and do things for other people. People joined him on the walk and gave him lunch and things like that on his way. It’s just little things like that that make you think differently. “
“It was very emotional. I saw him off and I saw him back. There’s just no words.”
To support Alfie’s efforts, visit https://uk.gofundme.com/f/cornish-rugby-walk-forchae-Jenkins