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Alice Pyne caravan will help other sick children
THE legacy of bucket-list teenager Alice Pyne is set to continue after a second caravan to provide holidays for seriously ill children and their families opened.
Brave Alice passed away in January last year after battling with Hodgkin’s lymphoma for five years.
The 17-year-old achieved worldwide fame when she created a bucket list of things to do before she died, along with the slogan ‘One Life, Live It’.
Alice achieved all her aims, from meeting Take That, to whale watching in Canada and owning an iPad in her favourite colour purple. She also founded the charity, Alice’s Escapes, to raise cash for families to enjoy a stress-free holiday.
Although she sadly died just 10 days before the first caravan, Mabel’s Place, arrived, her legacy is sure to live on.
On Friday, supporters of the charity gathered at Bardsea Leisure Park to officially open the new caravan, Molly’s Place, and a charity meeting hub, Lottie’s Lodge.
“Nothing will bring Alice back but it’s really nice to know we are making a difference to other people,” said Alice’s mum Vicky.
“I’ve been there — living on a chair behind a curtain in hospital. When you get home you just want to escape but there’s always friends or families visiting.
“This is a chilled, relaxed area that families can enjoy.”
Molly’s Place, which is fully disabled accessible, was largely paid for through the Windermere Lions club and fundraising from the Keswick to Barrow walk last year.
Lottie’s Lodge was mainly funded through the charity’s second Kilimanjaro trek.
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The lodge will be the meeting place for craft sessions and a place to offer bereavement support for parents and siblings of children who have passed away.
On arrival families receive a grocery hamper and vouchers for local attractions.
“There has been a tremendous amount of local support,” added Mrs Pyne. “That is largely down to Alice and the type of person she was — approachable, kind and caring.
“When families say I am having a wonderful time it makes a bit of purpose in my life. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this to work on.”
Cutting the ribbon, Barrow MP John Woodcock said: “I think Alice would be completely unsurprised by this.
“I think she would be pleased of you all in how you have come together to make this a reality.”
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