Wristband is latest tool in knife drive

Leading the way ... Former Sudbury Upper School student Holly Watson is set to give out 5,000 wristbands to promote her anti-knife campaign.
Leading the way ... Former Sudbury Upper School student Holly Watson is set to give out 5,000 wristbands to promote her anti-knife campaign.

AN anti-knife crime campaigner has responded to a town centre stabbing by stepping up her mission to make the streets safer.

Holly Watson, of Rubens Walk, Sudbury, has fought an on-going campaign to educate people on the dangers of knife crime since the death of her 23-year-old brother Lewis, who was fatally stabbed in the town’s East Street in September 2009.

Following a knife incident in Gaol Lane last month, in which Great Cornard man Chris Greenidge suffered injuries to his stomach and arm, the 18-year-old former Sudbury Upper School student is planning to do even more to spread her message.

“People have said this incident has meant the campaign’s not working, but it so clearly is,” said Holly.

“We could have had 10 or 20 knife incidents since my brother, but there’s been one.”

She is distributing 5,000 bright blue wristbands – funded by Babergh District Council – to people who wish to support her “I Don’t Carry A Knife” campaign and will be visiting schools in a bid to get children involved.

“We just thought the wristbands would be a perfect way for people to show their support,” said Holly.

“I’m also going into all of the local schools next term, and will ask them to donate a little section of wall to our cause.

“We’re inviting kids to pledge not to carry a knife, either by carving, writing or spray-painting their name on to the wall.

“Then their wristband will always be a reminder of the important promise they’ve made.”

Holly has also organised for mobile knife bins – part of the “Bin a Blade” project, which had seen 4,300 knifes collected in just over six months – to come to Sudbury Police Station in Acton Lane, as well as a location in Great Cornard. The bins were put in place on Tuesday.

“It’s all about keeping the campaign going to make sure people are aware that knife crime is going on and we have to do something to make it go away,” added Holly.

For more information about Holly’s campaign and to find out how to get a wristband, visit her website at www.idontcarryaknife.org.