West Park RUFC supports No More Knives

Players and supporters at West Park Rugby Club came together in a poignant show of solidarity to throw their backing behind the No More Knives campaign, performing a moving rendition of the song ‘Stand By Me’.

The campaign was set up due to a huge increase in knife crime in the last 18 months, and has since seen a flurry of support from local businesses, colleges and schools.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the devastating impact that knife crime is having on not only the country, regions, and local communities, but most importantly the individuals and family of those who are harmed or lose their lives to knife related incidents.

In the year ending in March 2018 there were 40,100 national offences involving a knife or sharp object, the highest it has been in eight years.

In just over a 12-month period, we have seen three devastating cases of local knife crime incidents resulting in the loss of life.

Danny Fox was killed on Westfield Street, St Helens on 2 September 2016, Sam Cooke died whilst celebrating his 21st birthday in Liverpool on the 21 October 2017 and college student Adam Ellison lost his life whilst out in Prescot on the 4 November 2017.

Adam’s mum, Joyce, said: “No child should go before a parent, the boys have been stolen from us. We want to seek justice and prevention of further incidents, to try and stop knife crime and prevent anyone else having to go through the same pain. Thank you West Park Rugby Club. The support of the players and supporters means a lot.”

Adam’s sister, Jo, said: “The support makes your heart warmer and helps you. Love helps.”

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