FORMER Saints star David Prutton has been named as patron of Alfie’s Wish.

The Romsey charity was set up as a legacy for young Alfie Butler who sadly lost his five year battle to a brain tumour early last year. The charity will provide days out to support children with cancer in the UK.

David, who played for Saints between 2003 and 2007, was also with Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City before becoming a pundit.

Alfie’s parents Charlotte Swithenbank and James Butler asked him to get involved.

They said: “We have known David for many years and knowing his strong family values he was our first obvious choice.

“David and his family always had time to chat with Alfie and followed his journey throughout with kind words of support to us all. David is a father to two children and knows the importance of family time which is the essence of life.”

David added: “When I was approached by Charlotte and James to be involved in Alfie’s Wish, I had absolutely no hesitation at all.

“ Alfie was quite simply a ray of sunlight. A lovely, brave little boy who was a much loved credit to his family.

“Now these amazing people want to help others who find themselves in these most heart-breaking of situations, to offer support, solace and respite from the day to day battles they face.

“It’s a legacy for their gorgeous and courageous little Alfie, to help those truly in need and I couldn’t be more honoured or prouder to be a part of it.”

Whether it’s a theme park, zoo, museum, sporting or music event, Alfie’s Wish aims to get children with cancer and their families there to make their dreams come true.