Inspirational Ulverston teenager Alice Pyne loses cancer fight aged 17

The Westmorland Gazette: Alice and her beloved pet Mabel Alice and her beloved pet Mabel

TERMINALLY-ILL Ulverston teenager Alice Pyne has lost her battle with cancer, her family announced.

The inspirational 17-year-old passed away yesterday with her family at her side.

Her mother Vicky Pyne told Alice's thousands of Facebook friends and Twitter followers at 11.35pm on Saturday, prompting scores of messages of condolence on the internet.

She wrote: "Our darling girl, Alice, gained her angel wings today. She passed away peacefully with Simon, Milly and myself by her side.

"We are devastated and know that our lives will never be the same again."

Alice was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma four years ago but, despite her condition, she dedicated herself to charity fundraising and generated £100,000 for good causes along with her sister Milly.

And with her parents, she set up her own charity - Alice’s Escapes - to provide Lake District holidays for families with ­seriously ill children.

She was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to charity in June.

Music star Robbie Williams described her as an 'absolute inspiration' and a 'very, very special human being' when she was presented with the Teenager of Courage award at last year's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan received 26 times more applications from people wanting to join the bone marrow register after Alice's appearance.

That was after she had already persuaded 40,000 people to come forward and championed the cause to Prime Minister David Cameron on the Downing Street sofa.

Alice caught the attention of the world in 2011 when she published a 'Bucket List' of dreams she wanted to realise before she died.

Global celebrities sent their good wishes as the brave youngster ticked off whale watching in Canada, meeting boyband Take That and entering her pet Mabel in a dog show.

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