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Alice Pyne's family fulfil her last 'bucket list' wish
8:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE family of ‘bucket list’ girl Alice Pyne have reached the top of Kilimanjaro where they honoured one of the teen’s final wishes.
Sister Milly Pyne, and father, Simon Pyne, survived a gruelling week-long trek to reach the top of the African summit where they promised to scatter Alice’s ashes.
The family undertook the feat to raise money for ‘Alice’s Escapes’, the charity the Ulverston teen set up before her death from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, to pay for holidays for terminally ill youngsters.
Mum, Vicky Pyne, who was forced to retire from the trip, posted on Facebook: “My amazing girl is stood on top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – proud doesn’t come close.”
The family set off on the journey on October 16 and had raised almost £9,000.
But Mrs Pyne, an official guardian to a younger member of the ‘Team Alice’ trekking group, said after five days: “Sadly, one of our younger trekkers was feeling very sick and had to come off the mountain.
“As official guardian, my journey has also ended. Please keep positive thoughts for our remaining trekkers, especially my Milly, who is showing incredible determination and continuing on in pretty arduous conditions.”
Her Facebook page was inundated with congratulatory messages from right around the world when she revealed that Milly and Mr Pyne had made it to the summit.
One supporter, Joanne Massey-Holmes, said: “Fab news! Crying this end with tears of joy.”
Alice, who was 17 when she died of the rare form of cancer, rose to global recognition after putting together her ‘bucket list blog’ outlining the things she wanted to do before she died.
This included encouraging people to sign up to the bone marrow register and setting up Alice’s Escapes.
Thanks to her positive attitude, she won legions of fans around the world, including Carol Vorderman, David Walliams and Robbie Williams.
Following her death Milly, 14, said: “Alice always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and because she could not, I said that I would do it for her.”
The family have climbed Helvellyn, Coniston Old Man, Great Gable and Scafell in training for the Tanzanian mountain, while Mr Pyne also climbed Mount Fuji in Japan.
To sponsor the family visit justgiving.com/millypyne or justgiving.com/PyneFamily.
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