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.
In order to raise awareness of the issues relating to her death, Alice's family and friends have set up the Alice Ruggles Trust to provide education and training, lobby for legal measures, support relevant research, and more. We plan to raise money for specific projects as well as to support and complement the work of related charities such as Women's Aid and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. See our Mission Statement.
A report published on July 5 has found that people who have suffered repeated harassment or stalking are frequently being let down by the criminal justice system. See our News page.
What should you do if you think your phone might have been hacked? We've put together a few guidelines here
If you are concerned about stalking issues please visit the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's national stalking helpline.
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
Saturday, 16th December
The University of Leicester Fencing Club are hosting a competition in Alice's honour. The Alice Ruggles Memorial Fencing Competition will be held at the Danielle Brown Sports Centre, with all proceeds from the event coming to the Trust.
Alice was a keen epeeist and fenced in the East Midlands squad before joining Northumbria University, where she became club captain in her third year. The pictures show her in action at the Leeds Open in 2012, and winning 1st place in the Women's Epée.