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Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation founder: Channing School pupils launch food drive for Highgate Charity

PUBLISHED: 15:49 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:49 24 November 2016

Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation food collection at Channing School
Channing students pictured with Alexandra Wylie's Parents

Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation food collection at Channing School Channing students pictured with Alexandra Wylie's Parents

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Pupils at Channing School are working together to fulfil Alexandra Wylie’s dream of eradicating social exclusion and inequality by launching a food drive for local people who go hungry at Christmas.

After a two-year battle with cancer, Channing pupil Alexandra, who was also known as Allie, died six years ago when she was just 17 years old.

Fondly remembered for her sense of social justice and vitality, Alexandra’s family was overwhelmed by the groundswell of goodwill following the tragedy.

Her mother, Lindsey was determined that a lot of good could be done in her daughter’s name.

In the year after she died in November 2010, the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation was set up to provide support for disadvantaged children in North London.

It has since played an active role in changing lives, providing essential supplies as well as activities for those most in need.This year, it has been a charity partner of the Ham&High.

Describing Channing School’s work for the foundation, charity officer Emily Youlton said: “It’s touching how something as simple as buying a few extra tins while shopping can help so many.

“There will also be a donation station on 11th December at Lauderdale House for the Pinkmas event where people can bring warm clothes and food if they want to.

These things are so desperately needed at this time of year.”

Alexandra’s father, Rob Wylie, said: “As time goes on, it really doesn’t get easier it just gets different. The marvellous support we have had from everyone at Channing for the charity we set up in Allie’s name has been really heartwarming.“

Alexandra’s mother, Lindsey Wylie, co-founder of theAWTF added: “Every anniversary and special day is hard but the Channing volunteers have given us an opportunity to throw ourselves into the preparation for the Pinkmas event at Lauderdale House on the 11th December.

“They are such kind lovely girls and bring a lot of laughter into the office while organising things like a silly Santa photo booth and amazing, crazy stocking fillers.

“For Rob and me this means that a time of year that could be so ghastly becomes fun and productive.

“Alexandra really loved Christmas and we hope that some of her wonderful energy is helping us as we create this first AWTF Pinkmas.

“All the money raised will be used to help as many local children as possible who are experiencing disadvantage at what can be a very difficult time of year.”

The foundation is always on the lookout for volunteers.

For more information contact Lindsey Wylie on 07515357019 or visit the website.

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