AN anti-knife crime campaigner from Formby has started a new running club in memory of her beloved brother, who was stabbed to death when he was only 21-years-old.
Mum-of-four Laura Hughes, 36, has created the Colin McGinty Social Running Club, which is based in Crosby.
Laura was just 18 when her older brother Colin was stabbed 15 times by a gang of four men following a night out in Bootle in 2001.
He was believed to have been mistaken for someone else.
Since his death, the family, who are originally from Crosby, have campaigned to raise awareness of knife crime.
Laura and her brothers Michael, David and Robert McGinty were joined by a total of 92 runners for the Liverpool Rock & Roll half-marathon in May, which they took part in ahead of what would have been Colin's 40th birthday, on August 15.
The theme of running will continue and Laura was delighted to find out that she has been accepted to take part in next year’s London Marathon alongside her husband Terry, brother Robert and one of Colin’s best friends Colin McClean, who have all earned places through Cash for Kids.
They face a tense wait while they find out how many other members of Colin McGinty Social Running Group can also win places to take part alongside them.
Laura, who was named the joint winner of the Merseyside Woman of the Year award in July for her work highlighting knife crime, can’t wait to take on the famous 26-mile run.
Laura said: “I am over the moon to have won a charity place to run the London Marathon and hopefully raise even more awareness and funds for the #KnowKnifeCrime and #NoMoreKnives campaign.
“Some 22 members of the Colin McGinty Social Running Club, who just took part in the Irish Rock & Roll half-marathon with me earlier in August, have signed up to do the Barcelona Half Marathon with me in February 2020!
“We will be making the Liverpool Rock & Roll half-marathon a permanent fixture to keep our profile high in Merseyside – and we are on track to have around 150 participants next year, already!
“We will be doing everything that we can to keep Colin's memory alive – and save others by getting the message out there that knife crime really does cost lives.”
To donate to the appeal, visit Just Giving and search for 'know knife crime.'