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Remembering Sarah Groves, eight years on

Remembering Sarah Groves, eight years on

Tuesday 06 April 2021

Remembering Sarah Groves, eight years on

Tuesday 06 April 2021


Eight years on from the murder of Sarah Groves, her parents are reflecting on some of the charity work and uplifting stories inspired by her memory.

Exactly eight years ago on 6 April 2013, at the age of 24, Sarah Groves was murdered on board a houseboat in Kashmir, Northern India.

Dutchman Richard de Wit stands accused of the crime, however the truth of what happened on that heart-breaking day is yet to be established, following a protracted and often frustrating trial that has been beset by procedural delays, civil unrest and the absence of key witnesses. 

After more than 200 scheduled hearings, Sarah's parents Kate and Vic believe there are now signs that the trial is finally reaching a conclusion. This year, they are marking the anniversary of their daughter's death by celebrating her legacy. 

"Despite the enormity of the tragedy, which has adversely affected the lives of so many people – including many of her friends here in Guernsey – Sarah’s memory lives on in many positive ways," they said. 

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Pictured: Kate and Vic Groves. Today is the eighth anniversary of their daughter Sarah's death. 

"The work of the Sarah Groves Foundation, although somewhat affected by Covid-19, continues to support young lives within the Bailiwick."

The latest project to be announced is the provision of a children’s playground on Sark, which is scheduled to open in May.

Last year was an important one in the foundation's history, as it funded a complete redesign and refresh of Guernsey's children's library. 

"The redevelopment of the Guille Allès Children’s Library, where the main room bears the name ‘The Sarah Groves Room’, has seen a significant increase in the number of young people using the facility," said Kate and Vic proudly. 

"The redevelopment of the Story Tower at the Library, fully funded by the Sarah Groves Foundation in 2020, has been immensely popular. Between 30 November 2020 and 15 December 2020, more than 1,300 children attended the Tower to hear stories."

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Pictured: The recently re-developed Children's Library Tower.

This year, Guernsey Post announced the launch of Clematis Gold, a new miniature sheet series depicting award-winning clematis, which have been cultivated by world renowned Guernsey grower, Raymond Evison OBE.

Each of the clematis depicted on the stamps has been part of the Gold Medal award-winning displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s most prestigious horticultural event.

One of these has been named after Miss Groves because of its character and appearance, showing that the late Guernsey-woman's memory continues to bloom new inspiration, despite the tragedy that befell her and her family in 2013. 

“The Sarah Elizabeth is a breakthrough as regards its flower colour, being a unique shade of pink to any other clematis plant on the market," said Mr Evison.

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Pictured: This year, Guernsey Post announced the launch of Clematis Gold, a new miniature sheet series depicting award-winning clematis, including the 'Sarah Elizabeth'. 

"Its stunning prominent anthers remind one of Sarah’s delightful, naturally long eyelashes, which was behind the selection process of the variety to be named after Sarah, as well as its cheery brightly coloured sepals.”

Kate and Vic said that Guernsey's unflagging support, community fundraising and good nature had helped them to cope with a traumatic time in their lives - the worst thing that can happen to any parent.  

"The tragedy that beset Sarah, and the devastating effect it has had and is still having on Sarah’s family, friends and acquaintances, would be much worse without these positive legacies and the support of everyone here in Guernsey. Together we will make sure she is never be forgotten."

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