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First of Alice Pyne's caravans arrives
The Winchester Willerby caravan being handed over by Alice’s sister Milly and mum and dad to Gillian Varley, co-owner of Bardsea Leisure Park (third left)
THE holiday charity launched by tragic ‘bucket list’ teenager Alice Pyne has taken delivery of its first caravan, less than a fortnight after the youngster’s death.
Alice’s Escapes, set up by the 17-year-old to provide breaks for terminally ill youngsters, officially received the swanky Winchester Willerby holiday home last Wednesday.
It is now sited at the Bardsea Leisure Park, near Ulverston, where the family has visited since Alice and her sister Milly, were little.
Mum Vicky Pyne said: “Alice loved it there.”
The inspirational youngster set up the charity last April, while fighting a rare form of blood cancer.
Now, just weeks after her death, her grieving parents, Vicky and Simon, and sister, Milly, have seen their ‘angel’s’ dream become a reality.
Mrs Pyne took to Facebook to share pictures of the day, saying: “The arrival of Alice's first charity caravan…she'd have been so very proud.”
She later told the Gazette: “It was incredibly emotional to watch the caravan arrive, but we felt an overwhelming sense of pride at what Alice and her merry band of supporters have achieved.”
“There's been so much support shown to both Alice and to the charity and it was good to finally have something solid for all the hard work. We were all thinking of her so much.”
Alice, of Ulverston, who battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from the age of 12, inspired thou-sands of people through her blog and ‘bucket list’ of dreams she wanted to realise before she died.
One of her aims was to buy a static caravan for the charity.
The organisation was able to fund weekend breaks for sick children and, after raising the money, the caravan was ordered shortly before Alice’s death.
Mrs Pyne said that it is a two-bedroom model, complete with a bath – unusual in a caravan – and large wrap around decking.
The charity’s suppor-ters have been ‘amazing’, she explained, buying everything from books and cutlery to DVDs and a highchair.
Tragically the youngster died less than a fortnight before the accom-modation was delivered.