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National Remembrance Ribbon Monument

Throughout the Knife Angel’s journey across the UK, it has become apparent to us that many of its spectators are keen to tie things to the monument’s railings. These things include white ribbons, paper angels and personal items that are often left there to recognise or remember a loved one that has been affected by violence. We love seeing people engage with the Angel in this way and wanted to introduce a more permanent and everlasting initiative to help them remember their loved ones long after the Knife Angel has moved onto its next host location. This is where our metal angels and the National Remembrance Ribbon come in.

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Massey Ferguson Team

Yesterday, we were delighted to greet one of the UK’s most loved and trusted agricultural brands, Massey Ferguson. A leading agricultural equipment brand of the highest international reputation, Massey Ferguson are hoping to send their European roadshow to the County of Shropshire this year and we, here at the Ironworks, are excited to announce that we will be putting in every effort to ensure that we host the event. Through the success of our annual Classic & Vintage Transport Rally and our passion for the vehicle industry, we believe that our grounds are the ideal location for an expo of this stature.

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Macmillan Cancer Support Fundraising Champions

Earlier this week, a group of Macmillan Cancer Support’s national fundraising champions visited us here at the Ironworks to discuss their fundraising plans going forward on a national level. Having helped and supported many of Macmillan’s campaigns over the years, including hosting Oswestry’s annual Macmillan Colour Run, we were thrilled to offer them our Centre as a neutral platform for new ideas to be discussed and developed. We even joined in on their brainstorming session to share some of our upcoming campaign ideas and to offer advice over some of theirs. Camilla Hughes, Kate Thomas, Tudor Humphries and Claire Singlehurst, the Director of Macmillan’s national fundraising, were all in on the session representing different sectors of Macmillan’s fundraising team. Clive Knowles, the Chairman of the Ironworks, was also present to represent our thoughts.

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Knife Angel in Telford

On Friday morning, the Knife Angel took flight yet again as it journeys back to its birthplace County of Shropshire. The Angel left Gateshead in Northumbria early Friday morning to travel to Telford, where it will be positioned in Southwater Square for the full month of March. A very central location in the town, Southwater Square will allow the Angel to become a pivotal focus for visitors and Telford locals alike to view the Angel and its surrounding educational material throughout the month.

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Wrexham Representatives

It’s official – the town of Wrexham in north Wales has joined the list of hosting locations. Just last week, we had a meeting with Terry Evans and Mark Pritchard, a leading MP, from the Wrexham Town Council, who have both shown great interest and determination in getting the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression to the town for the full month of July 2020, where it is set to take pride of place in the town centre. Here, the Angel will greatly benefit the town’s youth by raising awareness over the negative effects that violent behaviour has on the community.

 

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Clive Knowles & Lt Col Carl Meyer

Throughout every year, we aim to support as many local and regional charities as we possibly can through various fundraising opportunities. Our annual Proms in the Park event provides us with the perfect opportunity to make a real difference, which is why we dedicate each year to one specific charity. This year, we have agreed to use all money fundraised through the Proms event, whether that be through brochures, merchandise or raffles, in aid of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s newest Veterans’ Ward.

 

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Marie Curie Daffodil

Enabling UK Hospices to Raise an Additional £1million in Funding.Here at the Ironworks, we have been helping hospices all across the UK to create campaigns over the past few years. Our ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign began when we realised that we have the ability and internal creative talent to really make a national difference by enabling UK hospices to raise a critical amount of extra funding. 

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Manchester Knife Banks

Back when the Knife Angel was first being created, amnesties held by the Greater Manchester Police collected over 7,000 knives which all formed a crucial part of the Knife Angel’s structure. Inspired by this and the Angel’s impactful Anti-Violence Tour across the UK, the Greater Manchester Police have now created a new campaign of their own – the “Forever Amnesty”.

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Wolverhampton Representatives

It’s official - Wolverhampton will be hosting the Knife Angel in April this year! Located in the same area as the Angel’s birthplace of Shropshire, the West Midlands, we are really looking forward to seeing the Angel hosted by another regional location. Much of the Ironworks’ legacy actually began in the heart of Wolverhampton city so its very exciting for us to see the Angel journey there, where it will create a legacy of its own against violent and aggressive behaviour. Wolverhampton Councillor, Roger Lawrence, even engraved a blade on the Angel’s wings back in 2018.

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Knife Angel in GatesheadLast night, the Knife Angel officially landed in the most northernly point yet of its National Anti-Violence Tour – Gateshead in Newcastle, Northumbria. The Angel has been heralded in the North East and has been installed in Gateshead’s most prized location in Performance Square just opposite the Sage building. The Sage Gateshead is a highly prestigious and world-renowned music centre dedicated to hosting talent from all across the world. Every year, they feature more than 400 artists and welcome more than 2million visitors. 

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