Parents of Alfie Evans hope to set up foundation ‘to honour his name’

The parents of Alfie Evans hope to set up a foundation “to honour his name” and to continue “fighting for the value of life”.

Alfie’s father Thomas Evans, watched by his partner Kate James, made the announcement as he was honoured at a forum in Rome organised by a small far-right Italian opposition party.

Alfie, who suffered from a degenerative condition, died at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital in April aged 23 months.

His family had fought a long legal battle to try to prolong his treatment.

Mr Evans was honoured by Italian politician Giorgia Meloni in recognition of “a priceless example in defence of the value of life”.

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Thomas Evans and Kate James (PA)

The political event was organised by the Brothers of Italy party, whose political roots come from a descendant of a neo-fascist party, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Alfie’s parents had fought a lengthy legal battle to take him abroad for treatment, but were ultimately prevented from doing so by the courts.

The youngster’s plight and the efforts of his parents to try to prolong his treatment attracted worldwide attention, with Pope Francis among those to voice support.

In a speech in which he fought to hold back tears, Mr Evans spoke of his ongoing pride at being Alfie’s father, the arrival of a new son in August and his gratitude to an organisation called Steadfast which had backed the family campaign and helped make contact with the Pope.

He also said the family were planning to take the case to the European Court of Justice when Alfie died.

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Flowers, pictures and messages left outside Everton’s Goodison Park as the cortege of Alfie Evans goes past the ground in Liverpool (PA)

Mr Evans said: “Soon, we would like to open a foundation to honour his name. This will also be possible thanks to the precious collaboration we have with Steadfast with the aim to continue (to) fight against euthanasia.

“It is also in our plans to present a bill to the attention of the British Parliament to try to change the status quo.

“We will no longer allow what has happened to us to happen to others. We will help families who will fight for the lives of their loved ones.

“I am here today to ask you to not stop fighting for the value of life, in memory of Alfie and in the name of all those who, every day, before and after him, will face those who believe that death is the only ‘best interest’. Alfie has shown everyone that this is not the case.

“I hope I have made you feel at least a part of the joy and pride I felt, and I still feel, on being Alfie’s father. Alfie brought only joy into our lives and gave us a little miracle even after his death, the most precious. In fact, on the 6th of August, Kate and I became the parents of Thomas James, Alfie’s brother. We will always have two children, forever. We love you Alfie. We do.”

Mr Evans also said he had a private audience with the Pope on April 18.

“He told me that I was bravely fighting for the life of my son and he promised me that he would have done everything in his power to bring Alfie to Bambino Gesu hospital,” he said.

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