Rod Bond and Formula One favourites have raised millions for anti-knife crime charities during Manchester-wide charity event. In a multi-million pound fundraising weekend, Rod Bond and the Formula One stars teamed up for numerous charitable causes. The anti-knife crime fundraising was primarily in aid of the Ben Kinsella Trust and the Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit. Knife crime awareness stalls were located across various locations and a weapons amnesty was also offered by Greater Manchester Police. The knife crime awareness stalls were attended by members of the police, Manchester City Council, youth groups and other participants of the Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit. “Knife crime is a growing problem, damaging communities and taking our children from us,” said campaign leader Rod Bond. Formula One favourite Lewis Hamilton said, “It’s great to help Rod Bond support two causes which are doing so much to tackle knife crime.”
The Ben Kinsella Trust & Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit
The Ben Kinsella Trust was founded by Ben’s half-sister and former Eastenders actress Brooke Kinsella. Ben Kinsella was murdered as a result of an altercation in which he was not even involved. Tragically, his life was cut short at the age of 16 in 2008. The Manchester F1 Anti-Knife Crime Summit has been organised by Rod Bond annually, since the knife murder of Damilola Taylor in 2000. Damilola Taylor was 10 years old, when he bled to death in an abandoned housing estate in Peckham. The Ben Kinsella Trust and the Damilola Taylor Trust have worked tirelessly to engage segments of society vulnerable to knife crime. Both charitable organisations work closely with youngsters, offering awareness, education and opportunities. The two anti-knife crime organisations have pioneered in the field of knife crime awareness.