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‘Tributes giving us great comfort’ – Ulverston girl Alice Pyne’s family

ALICE Pyne’s family say the outpouring of thousands of loving tributes since news of her death at the weekend are giving them “great comfort”.

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HUGE RESPONSE: Alice Pyne, right, with her sister Milly in August

Alice’s mum, Vicky Pyne, also said her late daughter would be “so touched” by the sight of all the people changing their Facebook profile pictures to the purple “Team Alice” image.

The 17-year-old Ulverston girl, who touched the hearts of millions across the world, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday afternoon.

The young campaigner, fundraiser and founder of the Alice’s Escapes charity had fought Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for more than five years.

She passed away peacefully with her mum, dad Simon and sister Milly by her side at the Royal Marsden cancer centre in London.

Late on Saturday evening Mrs Pyne announced to Alice’s thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers that their darling girl had “gained her angel wings”.

Thousands of heartfelt messages followed for the Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage award winner.

Alice captured the attention of the world with her bucket list of things to do before she died.

Her top priority was to “get everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register” and she inspired thousands to do this.

Among the accolades for Alice was the British Empire Medal which 14-year-old Milly also received.

Today the North-West Evening Mail masthead is purple, instead of the usual red, in tribute to Alice. Our Facebook page also features the purple of Team Alice.

Yesterday more than 650 Evening Mail Facebook users told us they had turned their Facebook profile picture purple.

Alice’s legacy lives on through Alice’s Escapes, which provides holidays for seriously ill children and their families in the Lakes.

The charity is due to get the caravan it fundraised for in the coming weeks.

Milly is a young ambassador for Alice’s Escapes alongside Alice’s best friend Samantha Blundell.

Milly and her parents will climb Kilimanjaro later this year for the charity.

Mrs Pyne posted on Facebook: “Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments, we have read every single one of them and they are giving us great comfort as is the purple wall I’m viewing … Alice would be SO touched to witness the volume of purple #TeamAlice profile pictures on Facebook.

“Thank you also to those who have sponsored Milly who is joining Simon and I to climb Kilimanjaro in memory of her sister.”

Cathy and Simon Broomfield, trustees of Alice’s Escapes, said: “Alice’s Escapes is set to be a successful charity providing holidays for families with a seriously ill child for many, many years to come.

“Alice has also passed the baton on to her best friend Samantha Blundell and to Alice’s sister Milly as the charity’s Young Ambassadors.

“Alice was so excited at the news that her first luxury static caravan for the charity was on the production line last week and is due to be delivered within the next few days.

“Alongside our other accommodation providers the caravan will provide a cosy base for the families on holiday to be able to explore the South Lakes.’’

Have your say

Alice you where a remarkable young lady while here on earth.
Fly high special angel continue your inspirational work up there in heaven and walk along side and guide your wonderful family, they are truly remarkable people.
God bless you all.
Gloria Jones

Posted by Gloria Jones on 30 January 2013 at 20:10

what an inspirational girl with exceptional drive and purpose rip angel

Posted by steven james on 24 January 2013 at 05:46

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