An 8-year-old truck enthusiast – who saw his photography Facebook page gain thousands of followers during lockdown – is hoping to raise funds for a children’s mental health charity.
And he’s doing so by making and selling his own calendar filled with his truck pictures.
Alfie Simcox – from Lymm, Cheshire – has built up a huge following of over 10K followers on his trucking photos Facebook group during lockdown, after he used his daily walks to take pictures of any that he could spot.
He even revealed to ITV Granada that he has taken over 15,000 pictures on his mum’s phone of various trucks.
After seeing many of the truckers he photographed start following his page back, Alfie was surprised with his own camera by one of the drivers touched by his passion and story, and has since been hard at work improving his photography skills.
Now, his Alfie’s Trucking Photos 2021 Calendar is a new way to share his love of trucks with the world.
Setting you back just £9.99, the calendar is now for sale online, and his family say making it has massively improved his confidence, especially after his Facebook page was targeted by online bullies.
Alfie, who has anxiety himself, wanted to raise awareness and funds to support other children who might be experiencing problems.
So £2 from every sale will be donated to the Young Minds charity.
Alfie’s mum Stephanie Simcox said: “Alfie still doesn’t know to what extent he was trolled, we shielded him from that, but some of those messages were vile.”
“We had a good chat and talked about what bullying means, that it’s not just hitting each other in the playground, it can be horrible messages via social media or texting on each others phones, and it was Alfie who said ‘Mummy I’ve got everything I need now, I want to give the extra money to a charity’.
“He just wants to help children that have anxiety, depression, or as he said, ‘Children that are sad”.
You can buy Alfie’s Trucking Photos 2021 Calendar here.
And don’t forget to keep up to date with Alfie’s trucking adventures and photography journey by following his Facebook page here.