A fitting tribute
The Alice Ruggles Memorial Open Epee Competition, hosted by the University of Leicester Fencing Club, took place on 16-17 December.
The event, held at the Danielle Brown Sports Centre, attracted 85 entrants from all over the country and several other countries besides, with men's and women's individual competitions on the Saturday and a mixed team competition on the Sunday. Proceeds for the Trust are expected to exceed £3500 — a truly staggering amount. Huge thanks are due to all of the organisers who put in so much hard work to make this event such an overwhelming success.
Fencer's half marathon
On Oct 15, Nottingham University and British Fencing coach Paul Sibert ran the Leicester half marathon in full fencing kit, finishing in a remarkable 2 hr 18 min.
Alice was a keen epeeist and on December 16 the University of Leicester is hosting the Alice Ruggles Memorial Fencing competition.
A Great North Run!
Alice's mum Sue not only completed the Great North Run on Sep 10 in an amazing time—2 hours 30 minutes—but also raised over £10,000 for Women's Aid, a favoured charity of Alice's. (There is still time to add to this incredible total by visiting her fundraising page.)
Sue proudly displaying her medal after completing the run
And on Oct 1 Becky Rae completed the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow and raised over £1000 for the Trust.
Becky writes: "Race complete! In true Glasgow fashion it rained the entire time but I managed to finish slightly faster than I was expecting in 1hr and 59 minutes. I'm completely taken back by how much I've managed to raise but I think it just goes to show how powerful Alice's story is. I hope by doing this that I have managed to shine some light on the issues that the Trust is trying to raise awareness of to a new audience.
“This is a very personal issue for me. A few months ago I think I would have struggled to run a full mile, however after my ex Trimaan Dhillon was found guilty of murdering Alice on the 26th of April 2017, I knew that I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the dangers of controlling and coercive behaviours in relationships. Putting my energy into something positive has also really helped me to cope with my own anxiety surrounding these issues.”
You can still visit Becky's fundraising page here.
Quiz night in Tur Langton
The Tur Langton quiz night not only had a great turnout and was enjoyed by all, but also raised more than £1000 for the Trust.
A huge thank you to Paul Johnson for all his work in organising the event.
Family fun day in Gateshead
A fantastic fun day!
The Family Fun Day held at Redheugh Football Club, Gateshead on Sunday 23rd July was a tremendous success, despite the weather not being the best.
Lyndsey, David and Clare did a fantastic job organising the event. The total raised for the Trust, including sponsorship, has now exceeded £2775. In the charity football match, Sky Retentions became the first winners of the Alice Ruggles Memorial Trophy.
Picture: Maxine and Nick at the Trust stand, holding the new Alice Ruggles Memorial Trophy to be presented to the victorious football team
LHSG Charity Day
The Prefect Team at Leicester High School for Girls has chosen the Alice Ruggles Trust as their charity of the year. The first big event was the LHSG Charity Day on July 5: the pictures say it all! We are absolutely delighted that the event has raised over £1000 for the Trust.
Trish's golf marathon
Meanwhile Trish Formoy, a friend and former colleague of Sue's at Leicester High School for Girls, decided that she could not run marathons herself but would also like to raise money for Women's Aid — by playing golf!