Event Aims To Help Cancer Sufferer

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Torquay, to try and help a young girl in her battle against cancer.

14 year old Alice Pyne, from Cumbria, fell seriously ill while in the Bay last month. She and her family were on a free trip given courtesy of Torbay Holiday Helpers Network, a group of local hotels & businesses offering free holidays here to seriously ill children and their families. Alice subsequently spent several days in Torbay hospital before being transferred, having had just two days of her holiday.

Her condition is Hodgkins Lymphoma - a type of Cancer, meaning she needs a bone marrow transplant. Because of her course of treatment though, she now has only 3 weeks left to find a matching donor, so the people who met Alice & her family here in Torquay are trying to help.

They've organised an event with the Anthony Nolan Trust between 3:30pm and 7pm at St Matthias Church, Torquay on Weds 28th April to try and help find a DNA match. They're appealing for as many people, aged 18-40, as possible to come down.

Organiser Luke Tillen spoke to Heart about the event - listen to the interview here.

Click here to see how to get to St Matthias' Church