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BILLY’S WISH: Anti-knife crime charity makes an impact ten years after Hemel Hempstead stabbing

 Published on: 25th January 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Ten years ago, Hemel Hempstead resident Billy Dove, 21, tragically lost his life as a result of knife crime.

February 9, 2022, will mark what should have been Billy’s 31st birthday, and the 10th year that his loved ones have spent without him.

The tragic event on November 6, 2011, shocked the community and Billy’s story has gone on to touch the lives of many. Billy’s Wish, an anti-knife crime education charity was set up in his memory.

Billy’s Wish educates young people about the dangers of knife crime and how to make positive choices in their own lives.

In 2013, the charity launched an education programme, visiting local schools across Dacorum and beyond, sharing the very real and personal story of Billy.

Katharine Harper, Education Officer for Billy’s Wish, said: “What a brave thing it is for the family to let their story be told to help others. After a school visit, I often get feedback from schools and parents about how children have opened up and what an impact the programme has had.”

The lessons cover peer pressure, bullying, personal responsibility, making choices, considering consequences of choices – and knowing where to find help.

One way the charity is marking Billy’s tenth anniversary is by providing fully funded trips to the Ben Kinsella Trust Exhibition, a very impactful experience about choices and consequences related to knife crime. Schools who are interested can email admin@billyswish.org.uk

To find out more visit www.billyswish.org.uk

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