Over £14,000 has been donated to the National Foundation for Youth Music in memory of murdered school girl Alice Gross.
Members of the public have been thanked for their generosity via the Facebook Group Find Alice Gross.
The 14-year-old’s body was found hidden in the River Brent on September 30, almost a month after she went missing from her home in Hanwell on August 28.
A man hunt ensued for convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns who was later to be found hanging in Boston Manor Park.
Alice was a talented singer, song writer and musician and the £14,510 donated to Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund will go to Youth Music, a charity that helps give youngsters access to music.
Admins for the Facebook group wrote: “Massive thanks to all of you who have donated to Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund which has already raised over £14,000. It will help bring the gift of music to so many young people. Thank you all for your wonderful, continued support.”
The Gross family wrote on Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund page: “There are no words to really capture our sense of grief and shock at the loss of Alice. She was a loving, loyal and quirky girl, with a lively sense of comedy and a compassionate nature.
"She was a keen musician, who wrote and sang her own songs. She played the violin and piano and could turn her hand to any instrument - she was learning the guitar and hoped, eventually, to have a career in music. We have set up this tribute site in memory of the joy she found in music making and to give this opportunity to other young people.”
To raise more money for the charity there have been a number of events planned in Alice’s name.
Alice’s violin teacher, Cathy Schofield, said: “In memory of my lovely and talented pupil Alice Gross, whose life was recently so cruelly taken away, I have organised a festive concert for Twelfth Night on January 6, 2015 at Drayton Court Hotel, the Avenue West Ealing, 7pm.
“It will be headed by the folk group, Coach House Company, a lively young and versatile five-piece band and they will be joined by a dozen or so pupils.”
Hanwell craft brewery The Weird Beard Brew Co have hosted open days with 50p from each sale of draught beer going towards Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund.
Youth Music supports music-making opportunities for over 90,000 children and young people every year, most of whom face significant challenges in their lives such as coping with disability, special educational needs, poverty, rural isolation or living in care.
If you would like to donate to Youth Music in memory of Alice Gross you can do it either online or via text. For donations of £5 and higher please visit http://alice.poppymadeleine.gross.muchloved.com/.
For donations of £1 to £4.99 please donate by texting 70070, adding the code YMUS10 £x for the amount.