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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Crowds celebrate Ulverston girl Alice Pyne’s legacy

THE family of Alice Pyne said she would have been so proud to have seen the opening of her dream charity caravan this weekend.

The selfless 17-year-old dedicated her time to establishing her Alice’s Escapes charity, despite dealing with terminal illness.

Alice wanted to offer special holidays to seriously ill children and their families, and her supporters helped her achieve her “bucket list” wish of buying a caravan.

The courageous teenager, who fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma for five years, passed away in January, just days before the luxury caravan arrived in her home town of Ulverston.

Family and friends gathered at Bardsea Leisure Park on Saturday to celebrate the latest part of Alice’s lasting legacy.

Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock, opened the caravan alongside her mum and dad, Vicky and Simon, and her sister, Milly. Mr Woodcock said he was “incredibly honoured” to open Mabel’s Place, named after Alice’s beloved dog.

The MP said: “This is a day of celebration, but you cannot help being reminded by the sadness that this was Alice’s passion and the caravan arrived just days after Alice passed away.”

Visitors had a chance to look around the six-berth caravan on Saturday and during a public open day on Sunday.

Milly, 14, said: “It’s really amazing because Alice really wanted this and to see it actually happen is just fantastic.’’

Mrs Pyne, 44, said: “It means a lot that so many people have come along. It’s not just about fundraising, it’s to show people what they have achieved.”

Mrs Pyne said when families had been through hell they needed to recharge and the location was ideal. She thanked Bardsea Leisure Park owner, Gillian Varley, for all her help and support.

Eleven-year-old Rebekah Shaw, of Barrow, who is recovering from a second brain tumour and will be the first to use the caravan, was a special guest at the opening.

lSee more about Rebekah’s story in tomorrow’s Evening Mail.

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It's so sad that Alice wasn't here to see this; though I'm sure she's looking on with immense pride from somewhere. Her legacy will live on for a long time

Posted by thegirlal on 11 March 2013 at 17:03

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