The Rich Foundation Hull
The Rich Foundation was founded in 2016 to honour the memory of Richard Pepper who was stabbed to death in Hull. The Foundation offers help and support to children and families after they have lost a relative or friend.
The Foundation has been working with Humberside Police to visit every Secondary school in Hull to give a presentation about the dangers of knife crime.
Their aim is to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives and the devastating consequences this can have. They want to deter young people from carrying knives and being involved in violent crime.
The Foundation has also secured the funding to bring the Knife Angel to Trinity Market Square in Hull. This is a 26 foot high statue made from 100,000 knives, which have been confiscated or handed in to the police. It was made as a tribute to the victims of knife crime.
The Tribune Trust is pleased to be able to support The Rich Foundation, who are working with Humberside Police, to publicise the dangers of knife crime and also to provide further education to young people about gangs, bullying and drugs.
The Foundation already has links to Viking Radio, Yorkshire Television and the BBC who would like to cover the Knife Angel story. They have the support of local Members of Parliament and local Councillors. They also plan to have theatre workshops and talks in support of their project.
The Foundation will provide leaflets, information boards, teaching packs and marketing materials. They want to highlight to young children 8-12 years the dangers of drugs and gangs. Cross border gangs from London and Liverpool are targeting young children in the area to run drugs around to dealers. Then when they are older the children are forced to become drug dealers.
The High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Debbie Rosenberg is shown presenting a cheque to Kayleigh Pepper from the Rich Foundation and PCSO Richard Whelan.