About Alice and the Trust
Alice was kind, clever and beautiful. She had an infectious personality and an incredible sense of humour: she saw the fun side of everything. She loved life, loved her friends and loved her job. She had so much to live for. Tragically, Alice was murdered in Gateshead on 12 October 2016, aged just 24.
On 26 April 2017 Trimaan Dillon was convicted of Alice's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years. His controlling behaviour during their brief relationship had developed afterwards into a relentless campaign of stalking.
Everyone needs to recognise that stalking is a seriously distressing and potentially life-threatening crime. Stalking behaviour needs to result in immediate action both to protect the victim and to deal effectively with the perpetrator.
The Alice Ruggles Trust’s mission is to help prevent what happened to Alice happening to others. We need to bring stalking to an end.
Stalking is not a joke. It is something horribly serious that can be life-changing for the victim and even potentially life-threatening, as it turned out in Alice's case.
This year's Stalking Awareness Week will, as always, be raising awareness of stalking at a variety of events. This year it will also be showcasing best practice in order to improve procedures in the criminal justice system for supporting victims of stalking. A Best Practice Conference will be held in London on Monday April 16.
The Alice Ruggles Trust is a member of the National Stalking Consortium, a group of like-minded charities working together to tackle stalking and help reduce the risks for victims.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK.
On February 16-18, over 6000 students descended on Sheffield for this year's BUCS Nationals, featuring championship events in a variety of sports, and we were delighted that the Alice Ruggles Trust was chosen to be the Charity Partner for the annual mascot race.
The picture shows some of the competitors lining (?) up for the first heat. This delightfully crazy event has raised over £650 for the Trust.
If you are concerned about stalking issues please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's national stalking helpline.
What should you do if you think your phone might have been hacked? We've put together a few guidelines here