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Alice leads bone marrow donor drive

Alice Pyne met the Prime Minister as part of her campaign for more donors Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Alice Pyne, the teenager from Ulverston whose bucket list went viral online, is holding an event at her school today to get more youngsters to sign up to the bone marrow donor register.

Alice, 16, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma four years ago.

She wrote a list of activities she wanted to complete, which was read around the world on the internet.

Since then she and her family have been trying to boost the number of people who say they are willing to donate bone marrow.

She and her friends will be at Ulverston Victoria High School encouraging people aged between 16 and 30 to sign up.

The Anthony Nolan Trust runs the register. They say finding a donor can be the last chance of survival for someone with blood cancer.

But they find matches for just half of the patients who need a transplant.

The Trust’s chief executive Henny Braund said: "Alice is an inspirational young woman and her campaign will leave an incredible legacy – the lives of other people with blood cancer will be saved because of Alice."

Anthony Nolan recently dropped the age donors could sign up to the register to 16. They’re the first register in the world to do so.

Roger Cahalin, assistant headteacher at the school, said: "As the school is the hub of the local community we are delighted to be able to host this important event.

“Alice is an inspiration to many of our students and we will always support her initiatives in any way we can."

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