Knife victim’s sister launches awareness campaign
THE sister of a stab victim has launched a campaign to promote knife awareness in a Suffolk town almost a year after his murder.
Lewis Watson, 23, was fatally stabbed by Andrew Rowlands on the corner of East Street, Sudbury, on September 26 last year during a night out in the town.
Holly Watson, a sixth-form student at Sudbury Upper School and Arts College, is hoping to be selected for a Channel 4 project called Battlefront, which gives 14 to 21-year-olds the chance for their issues to become fully-fledged campaigns.
The 17-year-old, of Rubens Walk, Sudbury, said: “I have always, literally from the night it happened, thought I need to start doing positive stuff and make sure it never happens again – out of a negative how to get a positive.
“The positive is increasing awareness, and supporting other families if possible, to stop anyone else being wounded or hurt.”
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She added: “It’s hard, but you have got to go forward with this, and I’m wanting to go to schools and educate younger children and produce leaflets and posters and badges – whatever I can do.”
Holly, who believes knife crime is a problem everywhere, praised the knife amnesty in Sudbury earlier this year, but added how more could always be done.
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“I just don’t want another family going through what we have,” she said.
Holly, who has the same dad but different mother to Lewis, said it had been “very difficult” since her brother’s death, but added how family and friends had “shined as stars” in their support.
On the first anniversary of his death this Sunday she thought just as a family they would spend some time together, but in the future may organise fundraising events.
“Lewis was such a laid-back and charming bloke. He wouldn’t want us all to sit around crying and being upset,” she said.
Yesterday, the teenager, who works part-time in McDonald’s in Sudbury, gave a series of interviews to the media in her bid to create awareness of her campaign.
She needs members of the public to vote for her campaign at www.battlefront.co.uk/12th-campaigner by 12pm on Friday for the chance of winning advice by campaign experts and �300 to spend on her campaign.
Winners of the competition may also appear in the Battlefront TV show later this year.