Actress Michelle Collins joins hundreds at Highgate’s Pinknic in the Park

A Highgate park was enveloped in the colour pink on Saturday for an annual charity picnic held in memory of a 17-year-old schoolgirl who died of cancer.

Soap actress Michelle Collins was among hundreds of guests who came along to the Pinknic in the Park in Waterlow Park on Saturday despite the gloomy weather.

The picnic is held every year by the Highgate-based Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF), which raises money for disadvantaged children in north London.

This year, the event raised more than £11,000.

The foundation was set up in 2011 following the tragic death of Channing schoolgirl Alexandra Wylie, who was known as Allie to friends and family.


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The Pinknic honours her memory by covering her favourite park in her favourite colour.

Attendees this year enjoyed the spoils of the ever-popular bake off, with many tucking into the delicious cakes for sale.

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Youngsters were kept entertained with face-painting and hair braiding, while the more daring children could try their hands at archery.

Live music was also on offer at the festival.

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