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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Statement from the family of Alice Gross

The family of Alice Gross has today released this statement.

"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."


The National Foundation for Youth Music has made this statement.

"Youth Music is honoured and grateful that Alice's family has chosen the charity as the beneficiary of their online tribute in memory of Alice.

"Youth Music wants every young person in Britain to have access to music-making. Sadly, many children and young people face obstacles in their lives that make this difficult. Youth Music supports music-making opportunities for over 90,000 children and young people every year, most of whom face significant challenges in their lives such as coping with disability, special educational needs, poverty, rural isolation or living in care. These challenges can often be barriers to accessing traditional music education. Experiencing the joys and fulfillment of music-making by attending a project supported by Youth Music is often a life-changing experience.

"Youth Music champions music of all genres from grime to hip-hop, jazz to classical and folk to reggae, working across a huge variety of genres popular with young people. This often leads those taking part not only to a life-long engagement with music, but also to personal and social development. Many engage with education and career opportunities they may have previously not thought possible.

"For every child that Youth Music supports, the charity is aware that there is another one waiting for their help. Your donation could help Youth Music reach many more of those children, supporting them to take part in life-changing music-making."


Find out more at www.youthmusic.org.uk. Donations in memory of Alice can be made at http://alice.poppymadeleine.gross.muchloved.com.

A public memorial ceremony for Alice will take place on Sunday 2nd November at Greenford Town Hall as an occasion for the family to thank all the local people whose outpouring of support and grief has touched them very deeply.
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