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TV star Carol Vorderman praises brave Ulverston teen's campaign
TRAGIC ‘bucket list’ teenager Alice Pyne has been hailed ‘amazing’ in a national newspaper ahead of this year’s Pride of Britain awards.
The Ulverston youngster, who won one of the 2012 awards just weeks before her death, has been praised by TV presenter Carol Vorderman for campaigning tirelessly to get people to sign up for bone marrow donation.
“Alice was so brave,” said Ms Vorderman, who presents the award ceremony.
“When she won her award we didn’t know if she’d be well enough to come to the awards – or even if she’d still be alive.
“She was in a lot of pain but she didn’t do it for her, she did it for her cause, to raise awareness. She was an amazing girl.”
Alice, who was 17 when she died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, won a Teenager of Courage award last year. She rose to global recognition after putting together her ‘bucket list blog’, outlining the things she wanted to do before she died, including encouraging people to sign up to the register and setting up Alice’s Escapes to provide holidays for terminally ill children.
Thanks to her positive attitude she won legions of fans around the world, including Ms Vorderman, Emma Forbes, David Walliams and Robbie Williams.
“It’s just lovely to hear people still talking about Alice in this way,” said mum, Vicky Pyne. Mrs Pyne, husband Simon and daughter Milly will climb Kilimanjaro from October 16 to raise money for Alice’s Escapes. The family have climbed Helvellyn, Coniston Old Man, Great Gable and Scafell to train for the Tanzanian mountain. Mr Pyne has also climbed Mount Fuji in Japan, and between them, they have raised almost £9,000.
“Alice always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and because she couldn’t, I said that I would do it for her,” said sister Milly.
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* The Pride of Britain Awards 2013 will be held on October 8 and broadcast on ITV.
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