Pledge to support work started by true princess
Last updated at 18:13, Monday, 21 January 2013
A GOOD few years ago now, we came home late from a party, poured another drink and flicked the TV on, probably in search of a late night music channel, to keep the mood going.
We were greeted however, by news flashes on every channel, “interrupting the scheduled programme”.
They were reporting the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
We sat, stunned, listening in a mixed state of sadness and disbelief; the world had lost a truly special person.
Scroll forward 15 years to last Saturday night, in from another party (some things never change), the events that unfolded had a horrible feeling of déjà vu.
This time it was the laptop, rather than the TV (some things do change), providing the conduit to the news that was breaking.
We first saw on Twitter that another princess had been taken away from us. This time, I suppose we knew one day this news would come, but it was still a huge shock as, once again, someone had been taken from this world far too young.
Tears were shed in the McSweeney household.
“A princess?” I hear you ask – yes, a truly remarkable, special, inspirational princess – Alice Pyne.
One of my very first columns for this newspaper, last April, began as follows: “So many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible” – a paragraph borrowed from Lewis Carroll, to introduce my column on the achievements of Alice and her (back then) new charity.
I think that’s one of the hardest things – Alice had defeated so many battles, climbed so many hurdles, amazed us with her energy, that we, watching as a public, had indeed begun to think that nothing was impossible. A 16th birthday, Christmas in November, the launch or her own charity, attending the school prom, a 17th birthday, Christmas in November (again) – it is WE who could be forgiven for thinking this remarkable young girl could be with us forever.
I met Alice at the launch event of her Alice’s Escapes charity – she met so many people, I remembered meeting her much more than she remembered meeting me!
I had like many other people, already got to know Alice through social media networks. I’m pleased to have supported her crusade to encourage people to sign up to bone marrow registers, and then to publicise her charity.
There’s been many a column inch dedicated to Alice since last Saturday, tributes from the rich and famous too, but I couldn’t let this column pass with a tip of the hat to Alice – with a promise to keep publicising your charity.
Night Night Princess.
First published at 17:29, Monday, 21 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Thank-you, for such a lovely piece dedicated to my friend Alice and her charity. All the lovely tributes paid to her just emphasise more what a truly remarkable young lady she was. I will be setting out to climb Kilimanjaro in October to hopefully collect more funds for this fantastic charity, your readers support in this would be greatfully appreciated donations can be pledged at www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Blundell. Once again thank-you