Inspirational Ulverston sisters win Diana Awards
Last updated at 14:57, Thursday, 05 July 2012
TWO inspirational sisters have received a prestigious award for their charitable and campaigning work.
Teenagers Milly and Alice Pyne, from Ulverston, have been presented with Diana Awards, given in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Both girls were honoured for inspiring the lives of others and overcoming personal difficulties.
Sixteen-year-old Alice, who has been fighting cancer for the last five years, received the Diana Courageous Citizen Award.
She has campaigned to get more people to join the bone marrow register and her work has encouraged more than 40,000 people to register.
Alice shares her views and news on her blog, Alice’s Bucket List, which has had almost four million hits.
On receiving the award at the ceremony, held at Barclays Corporate offices in London on Monday, Alice said: “I am honoured that my campaign work has been recognised with a Diana Award.
“I am passionate about encouraging people to sign up as bone marrow donors. I hope I inspire more young people to campaign for causes they feel are important.”
Her younger sister, Milly, was recognised with the Diana Champion Fundraiser Award.
The 13-year-old was born with Crouzon’s syndrome and has been a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital since birth.
Milly is determined to give back and has helped raise £100,000 for charities including Cancer Research, Over the Wall and more.
She is now young ambassador for her sister’s charity, Alice’s Escapes, which organises holidays for seriously ill children and their families.
Milly said: “I really enjoy raising money for the charities that have supported me and my sister.
“I didn’t expect to receive an award but I am delighted that I have been selected to receive a Diana Award.”
The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of the Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.
MP Mary Macleod, who presented the awards, said: “The Diana Award is presented to inspirational young people who have made outstanding contributions to their local communities.
“They are selfless and motivated young people who are role models to their peers and the leaders of tomorrow.
“They highlight the positive commitment and dedication of British youth and inspire others to follow their example.”
During the London visit the Pyne girls also enjoyed a tour of 10 Downing Street.
Milly and Alice recently became two of the first people in 20 years to receive the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their services to charity.
First published at 13:06, Thursday, 05 July 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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https://www.facebook.com/officialalicepyne just seen this on Alice's fb TeamAlice page, so pleased you turned the page purple for her! What a family, and what a sad loss they are facing now. RIP to a brave young lass, and good luck to Millie in all you do.
Sincere condolences to the family, Alice Such a brave teen and worked so hard, inspirational to achieve such huge goals.Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found that peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things too I will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life's been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one' touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.
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