Amazing Alfie needs a little help for vaccine


THE family of a baby born prematurely are raising money for a potentially life-saving vaccination.

When her waters broke after just 20 weeks, Lord Williams’s School teacher Amy Hackett was told her son wouldn’t survive to birth. Now 16 months old, little Alfie has defied all the odds and is still fighting.

Amy said: “He is an amazing boy who has fought so much already and he’s only 16 months.

“He is in intensive care as a result of contracting bronchiolitis for the fifth time this year.

“He has just been taken off the ventilator and is doing well. Unfortunately, this is the third time he has been ventilated. And if he was to catch bronchiolitis RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) positive the outcome could be a lot worse. There is a vaccination that could reduce the severity of RSV infection but unfortunately due to his age, Alfie cannot get this on the NHS.

“We have the opportunity to buy the vaccination ourselves but it is very expensive, which is why it is rarely given.

“So in order to raise £3,000 we are holding a sale event at Thame Barns Centre on Saturday January 28.

“We have been given so much support already from our local community and feel very lucky to live in Thame.”

If you can help contact the Hacketts at or on 07729838315.