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Ironworks to Receive a Recognition Award from the West Mercia Police

On Friday the 1st of March, the West Mercia Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Tracey Onslow, and Deputy Chief Constable, Amanda Blakeman, visited us to present Clive Knowles, Chairman and Founder of The British Ironwork Centre, with a special award to recognise all of our help and support over the years. The award not only celebrates the support given to West Mercia, but it also recognises the impact that our initiatives have had in increasing awareness surrounding knife related violence and developing safer communities across the UK.

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The National Monument against Violence and Aggression, the “Knife Angel”, has now been on its grand UK tour since the end of November 2018. Beginning its journey stood outside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral over the Christmas holidays, the Angel has since travelled to the Queen’s Gardens in Hull, and is now set to continue its journey onwards to Coventry in March. The Angel is set to be placed on a raised platform right outside of Coventry’s Cathedral Ruins for the Easter period, where it will help to front the Cathedral entryway adjacent to a sculpture of the Angel St Michael, erected in 1958.

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Our aim is to help as many hospices across the UK as we possibly can to achieve a national total of one million pounds. In 2018, we enabled a total of five hospices to achieve a whopping £179K through various Forget Me Not campaigns. In 2019, as part of our National Hospice Support Programme, we are hoping to triple our efforts towards reaching the million mark.

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Recognised nationally as a long-established and greatly-respected awarding body, the British Coach Tourism Awards (BCTA) aim to honour and award those in the industry who are truly exceptional at what they do for coach trips and their visitors across the UK. The awards are as much an honour as they are a representation of what all coach tourism industry professionals should aspire to be – winners represent the industry’s elite and are recognised as setting the bar for true coach tourism excellence. 

 

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Knife Angel to Travel from Liverpool to Hull

Following great success in Liverpool City, the end of January will see the Knife Angel officially embark on the next leg of its national journey to the Yorkshire city of Hull. The National Monument against Violence and Aggression has been standing proudly outside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral for two months over the seasonal Christmas period where it has created a truly impressive stir with Liverpool’s many residents and visitors. With over a quarter million viewers able to see the Knife Angel and its incredibly strong message of anti-violence, we cannot wait to see what Hull brings for the sculpture next!

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The Bottle Top Gorilla!

24/01/2019 12:44

Ironwork’s Support Thomas Adams School with latest Environmental Project

As part of their bid to be more environmentally friendly, Thomas Adams School in Wem have been taking part in an exceptional project to raise awareness for the importance of recycling and eco-conservation. The school will be working hard over the next few months to collect thousands of bottle tops for the creation of a sculpture, igniting their children’s imaginations over using general household waste to create art. The school’s Environmental Club approached us to discuss their project ideas and challenged us to create something inspiring for their bottle tops.

 

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The Knife Angel has now been stood proudly outside of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral since the end of November 2018. When the city approached us with their ideas to host the 27ft sculpture over the holiday period, we were completely thrilled. Originally, Liverpool was only meant to be hosting the Angel for the month of December but that soon extended to the 31st of January.

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As part of our National Hospice Support Programme, we aim to help as many UK hospices as we can to achieve their fundraising goals. We are completely inspired by the extreme dedication that these hospices have for helping each individual patient, and believe supporting them in return is simply a no-brainer.

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Honouring our Service Dogs

18/01/2019 09:49

Following the tragic and horrific stabbing of a service dog during duty, The West Mercia Police force were ignited with the idea to create something truly unique in honour of their operational and specialist police dogs. These incredible animals have been serving in forces across the nation for hundreds of years, working hard each and every day to ensure that their communities and police handlers are safe. Currently there are no memorials within Shropshire and the wider West Mercia region created specifically to honour our service dogs, which is why the West Mercia Police force have approached us with the enquiry to create one.

 

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As part of our National Hospice Support Programme, we aim to support as many hospices as we can across the UK. Offering a whole spectrum of support and services to those living with life limiting illnesses, every hospice forming a part of Hospice UK works exceptionally hard to ensure that each individual patient is sufficiently cared for. We are completely inspired by this extreme dedication which is why we believe so strongly in helping them to raise the vital funds necessary for their cause.

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