THE family of a Henllan teenager has taken on a gruelling challenge to support her in her battle with bone cancer.

Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupil Alisha Hoyles, 14, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March following a visit to the doctor for what she thought were growing pains in her left knee.

To mark Alisha's 15th birthday on June 15, uncles Stewart and Kevin Hoyles and Andrew Smart will complete a tough 177-mile trek of Offa's Dyke in Prestatyn alongside family friend Carl Jones.

The four-strong group have rallied around Alisha with the hope of raising money to help the family during her 10 sessions of intense chemotherapy in Alder Hay Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.

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Alisha Hoyles with her father Stewart

Alisha's cousin, Corrina Edwards, from Denbigh, said: "This was a massive challenge for them all. They aimed to raise as much money as possible because Alisha's parents are travelling to and from the hospital and unable to work."

Following her current course of treatment, Alisha will undergo leg and knee reconstruction in Birmingham in the hope of saving her leg, before another 20 sessions of chemotherapy at Alder Hay.

Ms Edwards added:"During the recent sessions of chemo, Alisha has struggled with ulcers in her mouth, throat and gut, caused by mucusitis. She's also had a bronchoscope camera check her breathing tubes in her lungs and to take samples of the fluids to see how to treat the chest infection which she has picked up.

"Her attitude is so strong, witty, determined and inspirational for such a young person.

"Alder Hay hospital has also been a phenomenal place in which continues to provide the best treatment and support to Alisha and her family."

Beginning the hike in Chepstow on Saturday, June 8 the group are expected to be joined by yet more of the family for the final stretch to Prestatyn.

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Members of Alisha's friends and family took on the Pretty Muddy race in Wrexham

This latest fundraiser continues efforts by the family to raise funds after taking part in the Pretty Muddy race in Llaw, Wrexham in May and a sponsored head shave involving her father, grandad, uncles, cousins and family friends.

The family will also host a charity bingo and live music night on behalf of Alisha at the Packet House Pub in Greenfield on Friday, June 28 at at 6.30pm.

To donate to the fundraiser for Alisha, click here.