A multi-millionaire gypsy businessman who made his rags-to-riches fortune by building a caravan park empire wants to give thousands of pounds to Alder Hey for life-saving new equipment.
Alfie Best, 48, owns 67 residential parks across the UK, including sites in Cheshire and North Wales – and he recently launched his own charity to share some of his wealth.
The gypsy entrepreneur, believed to be worth £300 million, has always supported a number of charities – but he said he grew frustrated at how much money went to ‘admin costs’.
Alfie decided to set up his own organization, called Wyldecrest Parks Charity, where every penny donated goes directly to the causes it targets – with Alfie covering all staffing and running costs out of his own pocket.
The charity’s first big fundraising mission is to raise £10,000 to help buy a retinal scanner for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, which will help treat a number of conditions including a rare form of childhood cancer.
Speaking to the ECHO about his new charitable venture, Alfie said: “What we are collecting for at the minute is Alder Hey hospital. I know it’s a well-known hospital but we did our research and found the machine they needed that’s going to help change children’s lives,”