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All Cumbria’s MP’s come together to back brave ‘bucket list’ teenager Alice Pyne and get more people to be life-saving bone marrow donors.

June 9, 2011 1:41 PM

FT in LDNAll of the county's MPs are joining forces with the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity, with a particular focus on getting younger men to sign up for the stem cell register - after the major outpouring of support for Alice Pyne throughout the County.

The MP's are contacting workplaces with large numbers of young male employees like Barrow shipyard, Sellafield, and sporting clubs that can reach more of the crucial 18-30 age bracket which is need for 'high quality' bone marrow.

This campaign was kicked off by the plight of Alice Pyne, 15, from Ulverston has been battling Hodgkin's lymphoma - cancer of the white blood cells - for four years. On Monday she posted from her hospital bed a list of things to do while she is still able to fight the deadly condition.

Among them was 'to meet Take That', 'to have a purple Apple iPad' and 'to make everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor.'

Within hours offers of help began to pour in and on Wednesday Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock raised her case in parliament. Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband agreed to assist in any way they could and by Thursday morning. Nick Clegg has also pledged his support after being contacted by Tim Farron about the case.

Yesterday afternoon #alicebucket list was the third most discussed Twitter item in the world. Now in a unique collaboration all six Cumbrian MPs are putting aside party politics and uniting in an effort to see at least one of Alice's wishes fulfilled.

Copeland's Jamie Reed, Tony Cunningham of Workington, John Woodcock of Barrow & Furness, Tim Farron who represents Westmorland and Lonsdale, Rory Stewart from Penrith and the Border along with Carlisle's John Stevenson have all joined the campaign.

In a joint statement, the MPs today said: "Alice's bucket list has touched the hearts of millions of people in the space of a few days - we must make sure that empathy translates into more lives being saved. Alice is absolutely right when she says the best way to help is to sign up to be a donor. So please sign up with the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity, whoever you are. Particularly consider volunteering if you are a man aged 18 to 30 - we need you to come forward. For some cancer patients this may be their only hope."

A spokeswoman for the Anthony Nolan organisation said inquiries from potential donors would be welcomed. Males between 18 and 30 years of age make the most successful donors. "The healthier people are, the fewer the barriers," the spokeswoman said.