Teenager fighting cancer hosts fundraiser in bid to reach £50,000 target

Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.'Front mother Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back sister Kaysie Purvis aged 8 and father Mark Purvis
Alex Turner, 15, has just been diagnosed with throat cancer and is due to start radiotherapy and chemo. She aims to raise �50k for the Teenage Cancer Trust.'Front mother Joanne Purvis and grandmother Pat Turner. Back sister Kaysie Purvis aged 8 and father Mark Purvis
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INSPIRATIONAL teenager Alex Turner is hoping to move a step closer to raising £50,000 for charity with a fundraising race night later this month.

The 16-year-old, of Westoe Road, South Shields, was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, an uncommon type of cancer that develops inside the tissue of the voicebox, last October.

Alex has a wish, and that wish is to make a difference and put a smile on the child’s face, whether it be funding a holiday, a weekend break or a last wish to make a Christmas extra special.

Mark Purvis

She has since been given the all-clear and is now in remission but, during and since her treatment, she has been raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil’s fundraising drive, called Alex’s Angels, has raised almost £38,000 so far.

Once her target figure of £50,000 is reached, Alex plans to turn Alex’s Angels into a registered charity.

And the race night, which will be held on Saturday, May 23, at the New Crown, in Mowbray Road, South Shields, should nudge the figure further towards the target.

Alex’s dad Mark Purvis, 41, said: “We’re hoping for a great night, with eight horse races and a big raffle.

“We’re hoping to raise as much as possible, but our target is at least £1,000.

“We still have some outstanding money to come in, and once we receive that, as well as the hoped-for proceeds from the race night, we should be close to our £50,000 target.

“Once we raise the £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Alex has decided to turn Alex’s Angels into her very own registered charity.

“This is currently in the process of happening, and Alex’s Angels will become the Alex’s Angels Foundation, providing financial support for children with cancer and their families,

“Alex has a wish, and that wish is to make a difference and put a smile on a child’s face, whether it be funding a holiday, a weekend break or a last wish to make a Christmas extra special.”

Alex said: “I will help and do whatever I can.

“I have Team Alex behind me, and without their continued support, we wouldn’t be able to make a difference to these children’s lives, so I thank Team Alex for continuing to support me.”

Among the prizes on offer in the raffle will be signed Newcastle United and Sunderland football shirts, while band The Ignitors will be performing.

Entry is free, with raffle tickets, and bets placed on the horse races, to be paid for on the night.

It is just the latest event organised by Alex’s Angels, and Mr Purvis has expressed his pride at his daughter’s efforts.

He added: “I’m very proud of Alex. What she has done, and continues to do, is amazing.

“She has recovered now, but she still wants to go ahead and raise money.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved so far in any way, whether they have donated a penny or any amount of money, or helped in other ways, for example with donating raffle prizes.”

The race night will get under way at 6pm, with the first race to start at 7.30pm.

To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/alexandra-turner1

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