Family pays tribute to 27-year-old

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 September 2011

Alice Hicks

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THE family of a 27-year-old who died following a car crash on Saturday have described how the 'irreplaceable' young woman was the centre of their world.

"She was loving, caring and kind and was the rock of our family, the centre of our world."

Alice’s family

Alice Hicks was airlifted to hospital on Saturday afternoon after her Mini collided with another vehicle on the A38 near Rooksbridge.

The former Broadoak pupil, who lived in Bleadon with her family for most of her life, died in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, later the same day.

This week her brother Andrew, mother Yvonne and father Ray found it hard to describe the gap her loss will leave in their lives.

They said: “She was such a vibrant person. Every time she would walk in the room everyone would know she was there.

“She was loving, caring and kind and was the rock of our family, the centre of our world.”

Alice, who in her last year of an accountancy course at Weston College, had just found out Andrew’s girlfriend Georgina was pregnant and her family says she was really excited about becoming an auntie.

Andrew added: “Alice loved children.

“She was a nanny for a little girl called Carlotta, looking after her from about seven months old after leaving Bridgwater College, and still kept in touch with her and her mum – Carlotta is like a mini Alice. She called her La La.

“She would pick her up from school and take her out for the day.

“Alice was such a caring person. Her friends have told us in the past few days how she would just text them every morning to see how they were.

“She was such a lot of fun – she liked shopping and going to support her brother at (car) rally events.

“My mother has recently been in hospital for an operation and my father has just been diagnosed with cancer – she is the one who kept us all going.

“I’ll always remember how close we all were.”

Alice worked for Homeserve, now called Castelan, in Weston, for seven years.

Her colleagues said this week: “Alice became a valued member of staff and friend to many colleagues.

“She was a vibrant personality who established a unique place within the company.

“Her tragic loss is deeply felt by all her colleagues and her unique qualities will be sorely missed and totally irreplaceable.”

Alice also leaves behind a stepbrother, Geoffrey, and stepsister Julia.

The circumstances of Saturday’s crash are still uncertain and an inquest has not yet been opened into Alice’s death.

There was another person in the car with Alice and he remains in Frenchay Hospital, but it is not clear at this stage who was driving the vehicle.

Alice lived in Bleadon for about 25 years and was a member of the scouts and guides in the village when she was younger.

Her family will hold her funeral at the church in the village where she was christened, but a date has not yet been set.

Alice’s family have asked to pay tribute to the work of family liaison officer, PC David Styles, and staff involved with the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The police are asking any witnesses to the crash on Saturday to call them on the 101 number.

Alice’s friends have sent tributes to the Mercury newsdesk over the past few days. These are the things they said:

“Alice was one of the nicest, kindest, genuine people I had the pleasure of knowing. She has been taken far too young and my thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. R.I.P Alice, heaven has gained another angel x”- Gemma Dwyer.

“I worked with Alice a couple of years ago. Alice was one of the nicest girls I’ve ever known. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She always had a smile on her face. R.I.P Alice! Lots of love Amy xxx” – Amy Gill.

“Alice, a great mate and a true friend. So bright, caring, friendly, warm, good-natured, determined and strong- willed with a brilliant appetite for fun. I have learnt so much from you and have enjoyed every second I have known you. 24 years of amazing memories will never be forgotten. xx” - Matthew Humphries.

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