The family of murdered teenager Alice Gross have asked for donations to be made to national charity Youth Music in her memory.
The family released a statement today detailing their sorrow over the loss of 14-year-old Alice, who they say always “loved music and loved making music”.
The Gross family said: “We have been devastated by the appalling circumstances of Alice’s death. Alice was so spirited, so present, so vital and so full of promise.”
“We find it almost impossible to understand what has happened and that we have to say goodbye to her. We want Alice’s funeral to focus on the joy of Alice’s life and the joy of having known her. We would like to thank everyone for being so kind and supportive. We have been moved by the depth of sympathy and compassion around us, not only from close family and friends but also from the local community.”
“A tribute and donation page has been set up in Alice’s memory with Youth Music. We feel this is a fitting tribute to our daughter Alice. She loved music and loved making music and would have wanted other children to experience this joy.”
Youth Music is a charity that supports music-making opportunities for children and young people who face significant challenges in their lives, such as coping with disability, special educational needs, poverty, rural isolation or living in care, which can often act as barriers to accessing traditional music education.
They put on local projects such as drumming workshops in youth centres and story-telling workshops at nurseries. The charity also host live acoustic nights to raise money, with Jarvis Cocker, Reverend And The Makers and Little Boots having performed in the past.
Matt Griffiths, executive director of Youth Music, said: “We are humbled and honoured that Alice’s family have asked for donations to be made to Youth Music in her memory. I hope it might be a small comfort for them to know that the donations will enable children and young people facing significant challenges in their lives to have the opportunity for regular music-making. Our thoughts are with Alice’s family, relatives and friends at this difficult time.”
Alice Gross’s funeral takes place in west London today (October 23). The teenager went missing from her home in August, leading to the biggest police search operation since the July 7 bombings. Her body was found hidden in the River Brent on September 30.
Donations to the charity can be made via Alice Gross’s tribute page.