Locals blasted for moaning about noise of truck convoy for Ashford cancer teen Alfie Ward

Locals have been told to “get a grip” for moaning about the noise from a truck convoy in support of a teenager who has cancer. Some 162 colourful trucks, some wrapped in characters from Toy Story and The Waking Dead, rumbled through Ashford and Staines as truckers made their way to Royal Windsor Racecourse in support of Alfie Ward. The teenager, 17, was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that forms in nerve tissue, when he was just five-years-old.

Alfie’s mum, Shelley King, said the negative response from some was utterly heartbreaking. The family’s campaign to raise GBP600,000 for antibody therapy unavailable on the NHS received backing from the charity set up in the name of Bradley Lowrey – the six-year-old who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and won the hearts of the nation. He died in July 2017.

The well-supported convoy on Sunday (September 8) involved vehicles from all over the country and ended at the racecourse where a truck show and fun fair was being held to raise much needed cash for Alfie.

Some people received backlash for moaning about the noise

Many children and parents flocked to the streets to watch and wave at the passing trucks as drivers honked their horns having spent days washing their vehicles to make sure they were in “pristine condition”. But some locals did not take too kindly to “be woken by the sound of horns”, with a few taking to private groups on Facebook to moan about the noise and it being an “intrusion of my privacy”. Another said the “the timing is pretty insane” and “they’d of [sic] got more support by not waking everyone up on a Sunday morning”.

One person wrote: “Don’t know if anyone was aware of a convoy of assorted truck cabs and breakdown vehicles going through Staines this morning with horns blasting away and what I found to be menacing behaviour from the drivers. “I later found out that this was a charity run it would have been nice to have been made aware of this and organised in a more professional way as I’m sure that anyone collecting for charity would like to have the local residents on side.”

‘It’s utterly heartbreaking’

Ms King, of Ashford, revealed to SurreyLive Alfie relapsed over the summer, but the amount of cash needed would reduce if he was accepted onto a trial treatment programme. Reacting to the negative response from some, she said: “It’s heartbreaking.

Utterly heartbreaking when Alfie has been fighting this for 12 years of his life. It’s an awfully long time for people to moan for one morning. It was 12 minutes of horn honking out of the whole day and we have spent 12 years of his life fighting this disease.”

Scores of people came out in support of the family and leapt to the defence of the event, telling those that whinged to “get a grip” and “get over it”. One angry responder said: “I wish that’s all Alfie had to worry about bit of noise & advanced notice of what’s going on,” while another added: “That’s disgusting behaviour! So nasty and vile they should be ashamed of them selfs!”

Some 162 trucks formed the convoy

Another said: “At least you have a sodding life to live.

This poor boy is fighting for his ever day yet u complain about some bloody noise.” A number of other posts appeared on the group’s page but were later removed as some said the “comments were getting nasty”. The event, which had approval by police and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, whom both helped organise the route, raised more than GBP2,000.

Organisers are hoping next year will break the record for the largest convoy, currently set at 170 by the annual Dunstable Truck Convoy. 

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