Special event to remember Alice.
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter email@example.com
THE parents of Alice Ruggles will once again return to the North East for a special event in memory of their daughter.
The bubbly 24-year-old was murdered in her Gateshead home by her stalker ex-boyfriend Trimaan 'Harry' Dhillon in October 2016.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, her family set up the Alice Ruggles Trust to provide S training and education about issues such as stalking.
Last summer, some of Alice's former colleagues from Sky Newcastle went head to head in a football match to raise funds for the charity.
And, after its success, a similar but bigger family fun event is now being planned on June 24.
Alice's parents Clive Ruggles and Sue Hills will return to the region for the event, which will be held at Hebburn Sports and Social Club, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, from 12pm. The day is being planned by David Keegan, who worked with Alice at Sky, and his wife Lyndsey.
Lyndsey said: "Last year, the event was a bit rushed as the trust had just been set-up - we organised everything in a month-and-a-half.
"It was still a massive success and we raised around PS10,000 but, this year, we've had more time to organise and we have more resources.
"I think, since the ITV documentary aired in October, the issue of stalking is very much at the forefront of people's minds and there is a lot more awareness about it. Alice had a massive impact on everyone I know and we need to get the message out that there is help out there for people having a similar experience to Alice.
"I have two little boys and I want them to grow up in a world when they know that stalking is not OK and will not be tolerated.
"The event is for such a good cause. Sue and Clive are doing a great job highlighting the issues and available help surrounding stalking and we want to contribute to that."
The fundraising day will, so far, include a charity football match, fairground rides, a bouncy castle and inflatable slides, a rodeo bull, numerous stalls, hot and cold food, a tombola and a raffle.
Lyndsey added: "I will hopefully be getting in touch with some police officers, which I hope will come on site so, if anyone is experiencing anything like what Alice went through, they can discuss it with them."
Alice, originally from Leicester, had come to the North East to study at Northumbria University and later took a job at Sky in Newcastle.
Special forces hopeful Dhillon, 26, was jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court following a lengthy trial. The trial heard how he drove 120 miles from his barracks near Edinburgh to confront Alice before attacking her with a knife.
As well as organising the event, Lyndsey, Alice's dad Clive, her flatmate Maxine McGill and a colleague from Sky will be taking part in this year's Great North Run.
| For more information on the fundraising day, go to www.facebook.com/events/1771823043121991. | To sponsor Lyndsey in the GNR, visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lyndseykeegan1.
Top, Alice Ruggles and, above, Nick Ruggles, Sue Hills and Clive Ruggles
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|Publication:||The Journal (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Jan 16, 2018|
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