Skating stars in ice tribute to Gemma

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Skating stars in ice tribute to Gemma

Isle of Wight Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club members, who took part in the charity performance in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young. Picture by Peter Boam.

TWO of Britain's top ice skaters have appeared at a charity gala held in memory of an Isle of Wight mother. 

In May 2011, Gemma Quew died suddenly, aged just 30.

This month, an ice show was held in her memory by the Isle of Wight Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club, raising £875 for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The gala showcased Island talent from the age of ten through to 18.

Top skaters Oliver Parrington-Tyler and Danielle Harrison gave a showcase of their skills.

The gala also featured a performance by The Wight Jewels.

Four of the performers — Archie Bicknell, Nikita Heathfield, Will Riley and Toni Delap — used the gala as a final practice before competing in the Dundee Open.

It was Archie’s last performance on the Island before he joined the Disney on Ice team.

Andrew Quew, Gemma’s husband, has run a number of fundraising events in memory of his wife.

On Saturday, he featured in The Guardian, sharing the moment he found his two-year-old daughter alone at home with his dead wife.

Andrew has contributed to a booklet called A Partner’s Grief, giving advice on how to cope.

Reporter: matthewm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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