A TEENAGE anti-knife crime campaigner has had her work recognised at a national awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of inspirational young people.
Holly Watson, from First Avenue in Sudbury, has been attempting to highlight the dangers of carrying knives since her brother Lewis, 23, was stabbed to death in her home town two years ago.
The 18-year-old former Sudbury Upper School student has joined up with police to spearhead a countywide “Bin a Blade” scheme to take knives off the streets and launched a website to spread her message.
At an awards ceremony in Canary Wharf - set up in memory of Diana Princess of Wales - on Monday, Holly was among those congratulated for their courage, efforts to stop bullying, fundraising and campaigning.
“I was really shocked and honoured when I found out,” said Holly, who received the Diana Award.
“It is nice to have everything I have done recognised, although that is not the reason why I do it, and I want to continue to stop people carrying knives.”
Holly added that she never envisaged getting any accolades for her campaigning, and she was focused on her next step of visiting schools to talk about how knives can impact upon people’s life.
“I didn’t even know most of these awards existed when I started out,” she said.
“I am just amazed at the response.”
For more information about Holly’s campaigning visit www.idontcarryaknife.org.