Alfie and Mike running, joined by Alfie's PE teacher and others who ran to show their support.

Running in memory of Riley and Trey Alfie and Mike

Alfie and Mike's fundraising journey

A photo of Riley and Trey, smiling while sat on the beach.

A photo of Riley and Trey, smiling while sat on the beach.

On 10 June 2023, Alfie and Mike took on a half marathon in memory of their brother and son, Riley Ellis, and close friend, Trey Rodd. Alfie’s PE teacher joined them for the entire run, and members of Alfie’s sporting clubs also joined and ran a leg of the run each.

They began the first mile at Dorchester Cricket Club and ran through various sports clubs and along the seafront, before finishing at Lodmoor Country Play Park.

After two hours and 31 minutes of running, they were met with almost 150 people who had turned up to show their support and encouragement for Alfie and Mike.

Alfie and Mike have raised an incredible £12,027.09 (plus £1,217.75 in Gift Aid), which is being split between YoungMinds and Gully’s Place Trust Fund. As well as the half marathon, the college Riley attended (Weymouth College) arranged a concert in memory of Riley, called ‘Rock for Riley’. Alfie played with Riley’s band ‘The Haze’ and the event raised an incredible £2,400 for us.

We have been blown away by Alfie and Mike’s support and dedication. Not only have they raised vital funds, but they’ve raised a huge amount of awareness for young people’s mental health and the work that we do. We feel extremely inspired and thankful to them both.

Alfie and Mike’s family are continuing to fundraise and raise awareness for us. Most recently, Alfie’s mum, Sally, attended a fundraising event set up by Riley’s girlfriend, and Mike is currently busy training for the London Marathon in April.

Find out more about Mike’s London Marathon journey

About Alfie and Mike

Alfie running, with his hands in the air.

A photo of Alfie running the half marathon with his hands up in the air.

My name is Alfie and I love playing most sports and guitar.

And my name is Mike and I love playing guitar and listening to music.

We ran a half marathon and are fundraising for YoungMinds because we lost our brother and son, Riley, aged 17, unexpectedly last year.

We don’t want any other families to suffer like we are and we want for young people to know there is help out there.

Why is mental health important to you?

Mental health is important to me because it is a big problem in young people and the hardest thing is starting a conversation and asking for help.

What three words describe you best?

  • Kind

  • Sporty

  • Creative

Meet more of our fundraisers

The YoungMinds fundraising team cheering with their hands in the air at the marathon. They are wearing YoungMinds t-shirts and have YoungMinds banners.

Looking for your next challenge?

Whether you want to climb a mountain, hold a car boot sale, run a marathon or organise a quiz night, there are so many ways to raise funds for us.

However you choose to fundraise, our events team will support you the whole way.

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