Here at ChadStone, supporting our community is something we’re really passionate about. We are always looking for new ways to get involved and make a difference.
That’s where the Knife Angel comes in.
The Knife Angel is a sculpture made up of thousands of knife blades that have been anonymously donated to knife banks set up by the British IronWorks Centre. The message behind the angel is to raise awareness around the high level of knife crime throughout the UK.
How does this work?
The knife banks are so people can anonymously dispose of their blade and have a chance to make a difference; a chance to make the right choice, a chance to save lives. British Ironworks set up 200 banks throughout the UK, receiving thousands of donations. They brought these donations back to Shropshire where, through the craftsmanship of Alfie Bradley, the Knife Angel came to be.
Now that the Knife Angel is coming to Telford between 29th February and the 29th March at Southwater Square, we couldn’t be more proud to sponsor such a remarkable cause.
Why this event is so important to us
This cause is not only a way to lower knife crime in a safe and inspiring way, it’s a cause that is close to our hearts here at ChadStone.
“We have chosen to sponsor the Knife Angel visiting Telford as it is a cause close to us. This is because this March will mark 30 years since my wife Geraldine and her family sadly lost their father when he was killed as a result of being a victim of knife crime. When the opportunity came up to sponsor the event, knowing our money would directly help fund workshops and anti-knife crime projects, we were really keen to get involved” – Dave.
What this means for our community
As well as grabbing the attention of those who see it, the Knife Angel also serves another purpose, it’s a memorial. Families who have sadly been affected by knife crime, have been able to engrave the blades with the names of their loved ones. The knife angel stands to honour their memory and ensure these awful crimes do not continue.
Throughout March, the police are encouraging everyone to visit the incredible sculpture and share images using #TelfordKnifeAngel, in the hope that by raising awareness, more good choices can be made and more lives can be saved.
“Save a Life. Surrender Your Knife”
Thank you, as always, for supporting the work we do. We are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community. Let’s work together to keep it safe.
For more information on the Knife Angel, visit www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk
To see more about the angel’s visit to Telford, visit www.telfordknifeangel.com