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Cornish schoolboy thanks Doc Martin star for his support

Cornish schoolboy thanks Doc Martin star for his support

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:36pm 19th September 2019. (Updated at 2:38pm 19th September 2019)

A little boy from Penryn has said a big 'thank you' to Doc Martin star Martin Clunes - for helping him when he was a baby.

Alfie Cane started filming for the Cornish TV show back in 2011 when he was just eight days old, playing the Doc's son.

But while he was on set Alfie became poorly with a rare condition that meant he had a misshapen skull and was not able to support his own head.

Martin Clunes wanted to help and donated a load of memorabilia from the show to help the tot get the treatment he needed.

Alfie web - Doc Martin

His parents faced a bill of around £2,000 to pay for a specially made helmet to strengthen his muscles and reshape his skull.

Alfie is now nine-years-old and has been diagnosed with autism, but attends a mainstream school.

He and his mum Tilly were invited to appear on BBC's The One Show to meet Martin and thank him personally for all his help and support over the years.

Alfie - Doc Martin

Tilly told Pirate FM it was an amazing experience.

"Rather than waiting around and waiting to be treated, martin Clunes stepped up and donated loads of items to sell and get Alfie the treatment he needed at a quicker pace.

"Without Martin we would have had to have waited and waited and waited, but with Martin's help and the crew we just had everything we needed for Alfie at that time, and it was absolutely amazing.

"When we had the treatment, Alfie was deemed after that as absolutely fine, but as Alfie developed we noticed things weren't quite right and he was diagnosed with autism when he was four. And Martin and his wife and kept up with Alfie through the progress and have also been keen to know and understand what's going on and they've been great.

"I kind of get in a daze with it all, not many nine-year olds in Cornwall can say they've been in a TV show with Martin Clunes, it's all kind of surreal, because they helped us so much, I will just feel forever grateful to them."

"As well as helping me with Alfie's medical fund they've unknowingly helped other babies around the world funding helmets as our fund grew and grew."

Tilly Cane, Alfie's mum

Alfie - Doc Martin

Alfie is so grateful that Martin has helped him that he has decided he wants to help others too.

The schoolboy has launched a website selling his own art work which raises money for poorly dogs.

On his website, Alfie says: "When I was little I became poorly and my mummy did not have the money to pay for my treatment. So, she started fundraising for me, a man called Martin Clunes helped a lot as donated his suite and script from his TV show Doc Martin. 

"That helped a lot and gave us more money than we needed so the rest was donated to a charity which helps children who have the same problem as I did. Because I was helped by someone I wanted to help animals who can't help themselves which is why I sell my art."

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