A FUNDRAISING drive set up by a teenage cancer patient has pulled in £20,000 in just 10 weeks.
After being diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, 15-year-old Alex Turner vowed to raise £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil of Westoe Road, South Shields, was told about her condition, an uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voicebox, in October.
Since then, her friends and family, who have dubbed themselves Alex’s Angels, have helped her raise £20,000.
Her dad, Mark Purvis, 41, said: “Alex, myself and her mum, Joanne, are amazed that we have reached this target in such a short space of time.
“And with Boxing Day Dip sponsor money still to be handed in, we are expecting to hit about £24,000 by the end of January, just 14 weeks in.”
Recent fundraising efforts have seen Victoria Purvis-McGinn and Kelly Bell, both of South Shields, complete the Great Edinburgh Winter Run, Ryan Stobbs, a school friend of Alex, from Biddick Hall, South Shields, shave his head to raise £400, and a £1,000 donation from Leigh Drydon, manager of the Monkseaton Arms pub, in Whitley Bay.
Mr Drydon said: “We at the Monkseaton Arms would like to champion the bravery of Alex, who has been an inspiration for so many fellow teenage cancer sufferers.
“It’s a cause that affects so many families in the North East, and through the help of our regular real ale drinkers we have raised £1,000 by donating 10p from every pint bought since we heard of Alex’s determination to beat cancer and her campaign to raise money while doing so. She is a true inspiration to all.”
Alex’s disease is thought to affect just one in every 100,000 people, and is rare in those under 40, with most cases affecting people aged 60 or over.
She aims to raise £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which helps young people and their families.
To make a donation towards Alex’s fundraising target, go to www.justgiving.com/alexandra-turner1 or to keep up to date with Alex’s fundraising and treatment, search for Alex’s Angels on Facebook and Twitter.