The Charity How it all began How it all began

Alice is my cousin's daughter

She likes animals lots, especially dogs and especially her beautiful Mabel puppy. I think Alice probably likes yetis too, I'll have to ask her. When Alice was about eight years old, Jonathan accidentally killed her Nintendogs. Jonathan isn't allowed to play with Mabel.

So, about five years ago, Alice got very, very poorly. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cancer. After trying lots of different things to make her better, we had a massive push to find a bone marrow donor match for Alice. A match was found and we were unbelievably excited. It didn't go like we planned though. The cancer didn't go away.

Luckily, Alice has the most amazing Mum & Dad in the whole wide World. Vicky (my cousin, and Alice's mum) and Simon (Alice's dad) have spent most of their time in and out of hospital since Milly was born. Milly is Alice's younger sister. She was born with Crouzon's syndrome, which is very rare and meant Milly has had to have lots of operations since she was tiny. After spending the best part of fourteen years in and out of hospitals, Vicky, Simon, Alice and Milly decided they all needed a bit of a break from it all and it was time to start really focusing on making the most out of life. Alice wrote a list of everything she wanted to do before she dies and published it online in a blog.

....You've got to love the internet.

Alice's Bucket List went viral. In a few months she had crossed off most of the things on her list. Famous people wrote songs dedicated to her and sent videos. Milly raised a phenomenal 30k for Cancer Research in the Race for Life. They've won so many awards I can't count them. They count some of the people we read about in magazines as best friends.

I believe Alice and the whole family are truly inspirational and an example of what it really means to live every day as if it's your last.

I believe laughter is the best medicine.

And I believe that anything can be achieved if you approach it with a positive attitude.

Alice taught me all that.

One of the amazing things Alice and Vicky have done is to set up their own charity, Alice's Escapes. Remember how I said they'd all spent about fourteen years in and out of hospital and when it came to that final piece of crushing news, they just needed to stop and have a break? Well, that's what Alice's Escapes aims to do for other families in the same situation. They're going to arrange free holidays in the North of England for terminally and seriously ill children and their families. If anyone is qualified to understand what a family in that situation needs, it's this family.

So in September, a group of us will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Alice's Escapes. It's a brand new charity so they really need a good push to start them off and help them to achieve the things they're hoping to. Anything you can give will be vastly appreciated.

Anyway, the best person to tell you about Alice is the lady herself. You can read her blog here.

And in the spirit of believing anything is achievable and living every day as if it's your last, I'm off to prepare for my Yeti Hunt. xxx

Team Alice Flag