Join teenage cancer survivor Alex and her Angels for Boxing Day dip

Alex Turner with mum Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back, sister Kaysie Purvis and father Mark Purvis.
Alex Turner with mum Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back, sister Kaysie Purvis and father Mark Purvis.

A teenage cancer survivor is taking the plunge this Christmas to help other youngsters diagnosed with the disease.

Alex Turner, of Westoe Road, South Shields, was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of the disease affecting her voicebox, in October last year.

Alex's Angels took part in last year's Boxing Day Dip to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Alex's Angels took part in last year's Boxing Day Dip to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Since then, the 16-year-old has raised more than £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust along with her friends and family, who dubbed themselves Alex’s Angels.

Last year, a group of her pals braved the icy cold of the North Sea for a Boxing Day dip, while Alex stood on the sidelines and cheered them on. But now that she’s beaten the disease, following radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she’s vowed to take on the challenge herself.

She said: “I’m really excited to do it, I think the atmosphere will be really good.

“I had to watch last year because I still wasn’t very well, so I can’t wait to join in this time.”

Alex and her fundraising team will run into the sea at Sandhaven Beach, in South Shields, on Saturday, December 26.

She added: “All together we’ve raised £52,937 for the Teenage Cancer Trust so far. I know how they feel and what they’re going through so it’s important for me to raise as much money as I can.

“I’m really proud of everyone who’s helped me and done something to raise money. The support I’ve had has been outstanding.”

Alex was recently presented with a Brave Heart of the North East award after being nominated by nurses from the RVI.

She is studying health and social care at Gateshead College and hopes to go on to become a nurse in a children’s cancer ward.

She said: “I’m feeling a lot better now, I’m totally fine and my hair is starting to grow back in properly too.

“I want to go on to work in a children’s cancer ward or something like that. I know what they’re going through and I think I could really be there for them.”

l To sign up to do the Alex’s Angels Boxing Day Dip, email alexsangels@hotmail.com or call 07958 111644.