Our national anti-knife campaign spearheaded is close to securing its second city destination.
“Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife”, a project engineered by the British Ironwork Centre, is set to visit Manchester after its inaugural campaign visit to Birmingham aiming to persuade young people carrying knives to relinquish their weapons.
The campaign team, headed by the Centre’s Chairman, Clive Knowles, travelled to the North West on Friday afternoon with the families of young men from Oswestry and Birmingham who lost their lives to knife crime last year. They were accompanied by a film crew from BBC Midlands Today, who will be following their progress, to the meeting at the Fusilier Museum in Bury.
Representatives of Greater Manchester Police Superintendent’s Office, Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Colonel Mike Glover of the Fusiliers welcomed the Midlands delegation together with Lisa Minott, Mother of Fusilier David Collins who was tragically killed in Cyprus. Lisa, who set up the charitable organisation “Raising Aspirations” following the sad loss of her son, had contacted Mr Knowles after learning of the Centre’s campaign through Colonel Glover.
Mr Knowles said “We were honoured to hear from Lisa and to receive her wholehearted support for our project – collaborating with other knife crime-related charities and initiatives throughout the UK gives us a stronger voice. The brave support of Lisa Minott, Lisa McNeil and Alison Cope, who have so sadly lost their sons, and their willingness to speak out is absolutely invaluable in raising awareness of the tragic and wider impact of knife crime on so many lives.”