Olivia Berna Alkir was born on 22 Feb 2002 in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. She was the only daughter of Mesut and Joanna Alkir and lived all her life in Efenechtyd, near Ruthin, Denbighshire.

Olivia went to Ysgol Rhos Street where she attained an award for Top Achiever at the end of Year 6. She then went on to Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin. At school, she did extremely well with top marks in most of her subjects. Her passion was art and she constantly received accolades from her teachers for the work she produced. However, her goal at school was to complete her A levels and study architectural engineering at Leeds University.

Her compassionate nature had provided her with the dream of one day working overseas on worthwhile community projects in developing countries; helping those people in need to enjoy a better life.

Olivia was an extremely popular girl at school. Her dedication to her studies and her popularity came to the attention of the Headteacher and she was given the position of deputy Head Girl for her last year at school. Sadly, that never materialised. Her teachers described her as respectful and hardworking – admirable characteristics for a 17 year-old girl.

Like many youngsters Olivia enjoyed a football match. She was a keen Liverpool fan and enjoyed trips to Liverpool to support the team.

Olivia was also a strong swimmer and, in her spare time, she was a lifeguard at the local swimming pool in the Ruthin Leisure Centre. As a qualified instructor, she was also hoping to teach young children to swim and respect the water.

Olivia at Liverpool

Beautiful, fun-loving, academic, sports-minded and with a mixed cultural background that gave her a perfect understanding of our modern, diverse world, Olivia would have been an exemplary role model for any young person and a wonderfully talented and brilliant member of the community.

Tragically, Olivia was taken away from us on 27 June 2019 in a terrible and totally avoidable car accident barely a mile from her home. Olivia lost her life prematurely but the people in the community plus her family and friends have lost so much more. No one will ever really know the life that Olivia would have lived and the contribution that she would have brought to the world. We can only imagine.