Alfie has his helmet thanks to community

dad Simon Todd and mum Rebecca Pilkington and Alfie Todd, 5 months, with his helmet, which has been bought with after fundraising the �2,000 needed.
dad Simon Todd and mum Rebecca Pilkington and Alfie Todd, 5 months, with his helmet, which has been bought with after fundraising the �2,000 needed.
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The parents of lifttle Alfie Todd have thanked the community for rallying to pay for a vital corrective helmet.

Mum Rebecca Pilkington, 31, and dad Simon Todd, 47, issued a plea in the Courier last month to help raise the £2,000 needed to pay for a special helmet.

Alfie, five months, has plagicephely and brachycephaly - deformities of the soft skull which leads to flattening at the back of the head in babies.

The helmets are not routinely funded by the NHS so Alfie’s parents needed to raise the cash to go to private clinic in Leeds to make the helmet as soon as possible.

And readers answered their plea - raising £1,935 in a sponsored walk, a fun day and donations to their justgiving webpage as well as a fund-raising day at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Rebecca, of Warley View, Halifax, said: “Alfie has had his helmet fitted and he adapted to it quickly and is doing fine.

“One week later he went for his first appointment which already showed a 6mm difference in his head shape, which is amazing. His next appointment is in the new year and hoping to see a difference again.”

Their website www.justgiving.com/rebecca-pilkington1 will still be collecting donations for the charity Headstart 4 Babies.