Family and friends celebrate life of tragic Archway teen
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 June 2011
»Friends and relatives of a teenager who died from a rare form of cancer have raised nearly £2,000 through an event at an ice rink held in her memory.
Ice skating fan Alexandra Wylie, of Gladsmuir Road, Archway, passed away last November at just 17 after a 14-month battle against the disease.
But her parents, Rob and Lindsey Wylie, were determined to keep her memory alive by helping the less fortunate, establishing the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation to distribute money to causes she was passionate about.
Around 180 friends, relatives and wellwishers raised £1,900 at a fundraiser at Alexandra Palace ice rink, in Muswell Hill, to celebrate her life.
They held a raffle, eating Alexandra’s favourite Krispy Kreme doughnuts and performing the Soulja Boy dance she loved on ice.
Mrs Wylie, 51, said Alexandra’s friends have coined the phrase “a passion for life” in her memory.
“They always said she fitted more into her 17 years than most people fit into their whole lives,” she said, adding: “I think a lot of people are feeling so upset, so it is nice to be able to take that and do something with it.
“She was part of the Alexandra Palace family, and I didn’t realise until she died quite how powerful that was.”
Alexandra had skated with the Alexandra Palace team in national challenges” and loved performing in Christmas pantomimes there. Her mother said: “So much heart has gone into all this fundraising, and we want to make sure we go ahead with something that has a chance of really being successful and really helping others.”
At a fundraising gala in September, friends, family and wellwishers will dance on ice to a song by Soulja Boy in a bid to break the world record for the greatest number of people on ice dancing to a song.
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