WATCH: Balloon release celebrates inspirational Alex

MORE than 1,000 balloons were released into the sky above South Shields to celebrate Alex Turner.

The inspirational teenager has raised £30,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust after being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voicebox, in October.

Today, 1,200 pupils and staff members of Alex’s school, St Wilfrid’s RC College, gathered together to take part in a balloon release.

The 15-year-old, of Westoe Road, South Shields, set herself a fundraising target of £50,000 for the charity, which helps young people with cancer and their families.

Alex originally set herself a fundraising target of £2,000 but blew through that within just 54 hours.

She then upped her target to £5,000, but now that it stands at £4,660, she’s set her ambitions much higher and wants to raise £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

INSPIRATIONAL TEEN ... Alex Turner's classmates took part in a balloon release to celebrate the completion of her cancer treatment and the �30,000 she has raised for charity.

INSPIRATIONAL TEEN ... Alex Turner's classmates took part in a balloon release to celebrate the completion of her cancer treatment and the �30,000 she has raised for charity.

She recruited her friends and family to help. They dubbed themselves Alex’s Angels and have organised a series of events and fundraising feats to collect the money.

Alex, who returned to school two weeks ago, after completing her cancer treatment in January, said: “It was quite emotional because I kind of imagined the balloons as being my cancer, so I kind of just let it go, and that was it, so it was emotional.

“But it was good to know that everyone was supporting me and raising money as well.”

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