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Woman denies defrauding teenage cancer charity

Hayley McTaggart arriving at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A woman's been in court in Carlisle accused of defrauding a charity set up by a teenager with cancer.

Thirty-two-year-old Hayley McTaggart faced five fraud charges and three counts of theft at the city's crown court.

Amongst the accusations is that she set up a bogus raffle for Alice's Escapes - a charity founded by Cumbrian teenager Alice Pyne, who died following a five-year battle with cancer.

The defendant, from Whitehven, is also accused of taking a cheque for £2,000 from the charity to pay for a sponsored walk up Kilimanjaro.

She denies all the charges and will next be at court in June.


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Alice Pyne's ashes scattered on Mount Kilimanjaro

A girl from Ulverston in Cumbria has fulfilled her sister's dying wish to have her ashes scattered at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Her sister Alice died earlier this year after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Milly Pyne has reached the top of Africa's highest mountain. Credit: The Pyne family

Sweet success at Alice Pyne charity cake competition

The winning cake by Elliot Johnson Credit: ITV News Border

A cake competition has been held in aid of a charity set up by Cumbrian teenager, Alice Pyne.

The winner of the Lakeland Cake of the Year contest was crowned at the Briery Wood Hotel in Windermere.

The charity, Alice's Escapes, gives seriously ill children holidays in the Lake District.

The 17-year-old from Ulverston made headlines around the world when she set up a 'bucket list' of things she wanted to do before she died in January 2013.

The competition was won by baker Elliot Johnson, who spent around 50 hours making his cake.


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Alice Pyne will live on through her charity work

Alice Pyne's remarkable legacy will live on through her charity work.

Alice's Escapes was set up by Alice and her sister Milly. It is a charity run by a team of volunteers committed to providing free holidays for families with a seriously ill child.

The teenager from Ulverston worked with the Anthony Nolan Trust inspiring thousands to join the bone marrow register.

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Alice Pyne's mum grateful for tributes paid to inspirational teenager

The mother of Alice Pyne - the teenager from Cumbria, who lost her fight with a cancer at the weekend has thanked the pubic for their messages of support.

Alice touched hearts far and wide with her 'bucket list' of dreams.

She was given a Pride of Britain award in October and along with her sister Milly was awarded the British Empire Medal for her charity work.

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