The lasting legacy of 'bucket list' teenager Alice Pyne

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TRIBUTES have poured in to mark the first anniversary of the death of ‘bucket list’ teen Alice Pyne.

Hundreds of people, including her sister, Milly, have taken to the internet to share their memories of the 17-year-old Ulverston girl, who died a year ago on Sunday from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I miss her so so much,” said Milly.

“It feels as if time hasn't moved on, but the people and world around me has.”

The inspirational teenager, who set up her own charity, encouraged thousands of people to donate bone marrow and fulfilled a bucket list of her dreams.

She died on January 12, last year, leaving behind a legacy of generosity and kindness.

"Alice was an incredible young woman whose energy and intelligence charmed everyone," said TV presenter Carol Vorderman.
 

"She has made such a difference to the way in which we view bone marrow donation.

"Alice's legacy will be the thousands of people whose lives will be saved or altered in the years to come."

On Sunday her family - mum, Vicky, dad, Simon and sister, Milly - climbed Old Man Coniston, Swirl How and Wetherlam. 

At the top of Wetherlam they opened a bottle of champagne for ‘a mountaintop toast in the snow'.

"There's not a month goes by that I don't get letters, email or comments telling me of something that's been possible because of Alice," said Mrs Pyne.

"Sometimes it's someone doing a bucket list, often someone is actually donating bone marrow because they signed up after hearing of Alice's appeal, and lots from other parents who themselves are travelling that road.

"They say that our story gives them strength and makes them determined to make the best of whatever comes."

Tributes to mark the anniversary on Sunday also poured in from all over the world.

One wellwisher, from America, said: “I pray for all of you on the anniversary of Alice's death. “May you find comfort in each other and the fact that Alice did her life to the fullest.”

Another said: “You have all achieved so much in Alice's name, and I will bet that she is looking down on you all with her beautiful smile.”

Now Alice’s family are urging anyone ‘inspired’ by the 17-year-old to get in touch with them.

“On Sunday, it will be a whole year since we lost our darling girl,” they posted on Alice’s Facebook page, shortly before the anniversary.

“We want to know if Alice touched your life.

“Did you join the bone marrow register because of Alice, and have any of you have gone on to donate?

“Have you changed direction in life, or perhaps you've written your own bucket list? Whatever it is, please let us know.”

Later this year the family will complete the Keswick to Barrow K2B walk, with money raised going to Alice's Escapes, the charity the teen set up to provide holidays for sick youngsters and their families.

They will also be undertaking the Inca Trail in Peru to raise cash for Alice's Escapes.

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