Leeds United captain thanks young supporter for fundraising efforts

Leeds United captain thanks young supporter for fundraising efforts

10-year-old Alfie raises funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has thanked 10-year-old Alfie Moore after the youngster decided to auction his Premier League 2021 sticker book to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Alfie was left speechless when the centre-back and Scotland international made a surprise appearance on a video call with the club’s official charity partner.

Two of Alfie’s grandparents had cancer and his step-grandad was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and is now recovering after treatment.

After winning a ‘Marching on Cancer. Together’ flag in a competition run by Yorkshire Cancer Research, Alfie saw an opportunity to support the charity through his sticker book, which he’d spent hours upon hours completing during the pandemic.

Alfie’s dad Adam said: “I completed sticker books as a child and got Alfie into it. It was a struggle completing the book during the pandemic, with eBay and Facebook groups the only way to communicate with other collectors and posting stickers being the only way to swap. But we managed to complete it, with more than 600 stickers in total.

“Alfie has always wanted to do what he can to help others. He’s very aware of the impact cancer has had on his family and feels strongly about raising funds for research. As Leeds United’s charity partner, Yorkshire Cancer Research was the perfect cause to support.”

During the call, Alfie had the chance to show Liam his sticker book and chat to him about his fundraising with the Leeds United captain keen to show his support by offering to sign the pages with his stickers on.

Alfie said: “I’m really excited to start my fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research and I’m very grateful for the support from Leeds United. I know how important it is to be kind and support the charity so they can help people. I was really shocked when Cooper joined the video call. It’s something I will never forget. I’m looking forward to meeting the team and going to my first match next season.”

Adam added: “Alfie loves everything about Leeds United. Last summer I bought him a junior gold membership so he could go to his first match at Elland Road, but sadly, because of the pandemic, he hasn’t had a chance to go. He was bouncing off the walls after his call with Cooper. It was amazing.”

Alfie’s sticker book has now been signed by the club captain and is available for auction, with all funds from the sale of the book going to Yorkshire Cancer Research. You can bid on the Premier League sticker book, here.

For further information about Leeds United’s partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research, visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/lufc.