Inspirational teenager Alex Turner has smashed through her £50,000 fundraising target after money raised from her school was added to the total.
Alex, of Westoe Road, South Shields, was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer last October and pledged to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust while she underwent treatment.
Alex will continue to be an inspiration to us as a schoolSamantha Tumelty, St Wilfrid’s RC College associate assistant headtecher
After being given the all-clear, the 16-year-old continued to raise funds with her drive, called Alex’s Angels, which has now passed the target figure of £50,000.
The target was reached after she was presented with a cheque for £3720.51 from her school, St Wilfrid’s RC College, who had been fundraising for six months.
Samantha Tumelty, associate assistant headteacher at the school, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, said: “We’re very proud of Alex. The courage she has shown has been amazing, and it has been humbling for all of the staff and students.
“The cheque presentation was really emotional, because it was like the end of an era. Alex, her mum and I were all quite taken aback and got emotional, but they were happy tears. Alex doesn’t need an award to show how incredible she is. She will continue to be an inspiration to us as a school.”
Alex finished her GCSE exams earlier this month, and plans to turn Alex’s Angels into a foundation now the £50,000 target has been reached. The school’s contribution came after a number of activities, including bag packing, a Christmas market and a whole-school balloon release.
Mrs Tumelty added: “The generosity of the school community never fails to amaze me. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from students and staff.”