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Ulverston girl Alice Pyne’s clothes being used to dress fundraising dolls

ALICE Pyne’s clothes are being used to dress new dolls, which will be sold to raise money towards her charity and a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro to scatter her ashes.

IN MEMORY Alice’s mum Vicky Pyne with one of the dolls that are going to be sold all over the UK. Inset, more of the dolls SUBMITTED

Alice’s mum Vicky says the 17-year-old would have loved the idea of “upcycling” her wardrobe.

The making of the dolls is a real family affair, with grandma Pauline Pennington knitting them, Alice’s younger sister Milly putting them together and mum Vicky making all the dresses.

There have already been 100 orders for the Milly Mop dolls, including a shop in London, and will they will also be sold online.

Alice battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma for five years but lost her brave fight in January.

She became a worldwide internet sensation when she put her “bucket list” online of the things she wanted to achieved before she died.

Alice completed it last August by going whale watching in Canada. Other goals she achieved included meeting Take That and entering her pet Mabel in a dog show.

All the money raised from the sale of the dolls will go towards the Alice’s Escapes African Kilimanjaro trip and the charity. Mrs Pyne and her husband, Simon, are funding their own journey.

Alice’s ashes have been put in special travel tubes with all the necessary documentation ready for their final journey.

Mr and Mrs Pyne and Milly hope to reach the summit together to scatter Alice’s ashes where she wanted them.

Mrs Pyne, 44, of Rake Lane, Ulverston, said: “Milly has raised £7,000 towards the Kili trip and we were thinking of what we could do next.

“I was in Alice’s room about a month ago. It hasn’t been touched. I was thinking ‘what am I going to do with all her lovely clothes?’ I didn’t want to give them to charity as no-one would know what they meant. I thought ‘what if I can make something out of Alice’s clothes?’ Then Alice’s supporters could have a little piece of her and I know Alice would have approved with me upcycling her clothes.”

The family are making three dolls a day and each doll takes three hours. So far they have made 30 but Mrs Pyne said it was hard keeping up with the overwhelming demand.

Each doll will have a special handcrafted numbered tag showing Alice wearing the outfit that the dress is made from and where and when it was worn.

Email vicky@alices-escapes.co.uk if you want to register your interest in buying a doll, which are expected to sell for about £25.

Alice’s Escapes celebrated its first birthday yesterday.

The charity started by Alice provides holidays for families with a seriously-ill child.

The idea for Alice’s Escapes came after Alice and her family spent a week in Devon being looked after by the Torbay Holiday Helpers’ Network.

All accommodation, food, outings and activities were donated by local businesses.

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