SSAFA got Alfie Joe a specialised bike

Five-year-old Alfie-Joe

We put a big smile on Alfie-Joe's face with a bike that is specially adapted for him

Five-year-old Alfie-Joe

Alfie-Joe suffers from a rare disorder leaving him visually impared and unable to walk, talk or swallow. SSAFA gave him a specially adapted bike.


Alfie loves his bike. We’re just so grateful.

Alfie-Joe Pope, aged five, was born with the incredibly rare congenital disorder Young Simpson’s Syndrome which has left him visually impaired and unable to walk, talk or swallow.

His parents, Lance Corporal Karl Pope, who serves with the Military Provost Guard Service, and wife Annette, were saving up to buy a specially-adapted three-wheel bike for Alfie-Joe but at a cost of £1,000 it looked like taking some time.

Fortunately SSAFA was able to fund the purchase through money raised at a SSAFA Charity Golf Day organised by BAE Systems and little Alfie-Joe is now enjoying his newfound freedom. His dad Karl says:

“Alfie loves his bike. Not only is he having fun but his legs are moving, his hands are moving, he’s sitting upright and it’s helping him with posture and giving him a work out. We’re just so grateful.”