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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Dedicated Ulverston girl so honoured to be up for award

A TEENAGE fundraiser who conquered Africa’s tallest mountain in memory of her sister has been recognised for her continued charity work.

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dedicated Milly Pyne from Alice’s Escapes, who has been nominated for Young Citizen of the Year in the Heart of Ulverston awards. She is pictured with Mabel the labrador

Do you know someone who lives, works, or has a strong connection to Ulverston who you think deserves an award? Click here to nominate them

At last year’s Heart of Ulverston awards, a packed audience at the Coronation Hall applauded the news that Milly Pyne and the team from Alice’s Escapes had reached the summit of Kilimanjaro.

This year, the 15-year-old will be in the running for the Young Citizen of the Year award sponsored by Siemens, thanks to her efforts to raise money and awareness for the charity which is a legacy of her late sister Alice Pyne.

Miss Pyne said: “I feel very honoured to be nominated for an award. The local community supports me so much in everything I do.”

Alice’s Escapes provides holidays for seriously-ill children and their families at caravans in Bardsea Leisure Park, Ulverston. The Kilimanjaro trek raised thousands of pounds to fund Lottie’s Lodge, a new headquarters for the charity.

Miss Pyne said: “The biggest challenge of my life has been climbing Kilimanjaro. It was so incredibly difficult and at times I panicked because I was worried that I’d fail. But I just kept thinking of Alice and how much she fought, she never gave up and I pulled strength from that.

“Standing on the summit was so emotional and I know that Alice would have been so proud of me.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website or go to page 32 to fill out a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is July 12.

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