A Shropshire company's national campaign to reduce the number of weapons on UK streets has this week helped its first beneficiary

The British Ironwork Centre, Midlands,  launched the "Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife" campaign to encourage young people to relinquish their knives and to help redirect them towards a more positive future.

The Centre this week welcomed Emmanuel Johnson, of Birmingham, who spent a week with sculptor Alfie Bradley & staff gaining work experience and developing skills, both practical and social, to help him back into employment.

Whilst there, Emmauel designed and created a headstone as a tribute to his late friend Depzman, a rising star of the UK rap scene, who life was tragically lost to knife crime last year.  Joshua Ribera (Depzman) mother, Alison Cope, was one of the first of the growing number of families who have thrown their weight behind the Centre’s campaign.

Clive Knowles, Chairman, said "The aim of the project is twofold - both to encourage young people to surrender their weapons and to help them to build a brighter and safer future. It's been fantastic to work with Emmanuel who has proved his abilities within a working environment and integrated well within the team - we need more businesses to be willing to give young people a chance."

“We will be inviting more young people, who may have been misguided for whatever reason, to visit the Centre where we will provide the opportunity to gain work experience here.  They will also have the chance to work on the Knife Angel sculpture, which will represent the culmination of Knife campaign.”

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