Sadly on 25th November 2010 Alexandra Wylie, who was just 17 years old, passed away from an incurable form of cancer that she had been battling for almost 2 years. She is missed by every single person who ever met her. Allie was one of those people you could not take your eyes off in a room because she just drew attention to herself with her dazzling smile and vibrant personality. Throughout her life she worked hard at school, getting 9 A*s at GCSE, but she was also determined to try out and excel in all she could outside of school. Her passion for helping others was evident in everything she did, from taking part in the Wings of Hope challenge, which her group won, to inspiring younger children to have the courage to participate in many activities.
Because of Allie’s desire to help others, we have set up a charity in her name: the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation. Allie just seemed to have ‘a passion for life’, a quote which is now the tag line of the charity. The Foundation aims to keep her memory alive by making it possible for underprivileged young people to achieve their dreams through involvement in the sciences, performing arts and environmental projects. This reflects many of Allie’s loves in life, and focuses on her disapproval of social exclusion.
Alexandra’s passion for life touched all those she shared time with, including her friends at Alexandra Palace Ice Skating rink. This memorial video is one that they made themselves, as a tribute to her.
Allie always loved the cello, and had a real passion for music. We found this article that Allie wrote and feel that it gives a great sense of her love for music: Pine Performs for London at Last - by Alexandra Wylie, age 15
Dedications to Allie
Now the time has come for you to spread your wings and fly. And we will watch that shining star join the others in the sky. These were some of the words that Allies close friends wrote and read at her funeral in November.
Allie was a kind, loving and generous friend and I will always have the fondest memories of the last seven years we spent together at Channing. Allie´s death from cancer was a shock to everyone who knew and loved her. Her extraordinary courage throughout the 18 months of her illness confirmed what a very special, inspiring person she was.
Not only was Allie a wonderful friend, but she was also a star in the Channing community since joining Fairseat at the age of four. Allie lived her 17 years with zest and passion and she was a talented scholar, musician, dancer and actor. On the 11th of March, Channing held a memorial concert for Allie, which was conceived, organised and presented by her friends in Year 13. Entitled A Passion for Life, it celebrated all the activities and interests that Allie loved so much.
There was a cello duet, singing, dancing, an ice-skating video and a spectacular Chemistry demonstration! The drama sketches by Year 12 and 13 girls had us laughing through our tears. Allie´s parents presented the school with a cup, the Alexandra Wylie Conabor Cup for All Round Amazingness, which will be presented to a Year 13 girl annually.
At the memorial, money was raised for the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation, a charity that Allies parents have set up in her name to support causes that she was passionate about. The charity aims to keep her memory alive by making it possible for underprivileged young people to achieve their dreams though involvement in the performing arts, sciences or environmental projects.
Wings of Hope
The team at Wings of Hope were truly saddened to learn of the recent passing of Alexandra Wylie.
As the leader of the winning ckeBAM team in 2007-8, Allie was an extraordinary young woman who truly encompassed the spirit of Wings of Hope; working with compassion, innovation and dedication to help those in need.
We send our thoughts to Allie´s family and friends at this very difficult time; she was a bright star to all and will be truly missed.