THE family of a man who was murdered in a knife attack have raised more than £23,000 by running the London Marathon to raise funds for emergency packs in youth footfall areas across Merseyside.
Laura Hughes, from Formby, established ‘In Memory of Colin McGinty’, a #kNOwknifecrime initiative that aims to educate young people on the wider lasting impact of knife crime and dissuade the carrying of knives and other weapons after the death of her brother, Colin McGinty, who killed in Bootle in 2001.
In two years, despite the pandemic, Laura has managed to get more than 200 people to run in Colin’s memory at various races in Liverpool, Ireland, Spain, and America and they faced their toughest challenge yet with the recent London Marathon, which included the group of runners taking it in turns to wear an awareness-raising heart shaped costume!
Everton in the Community have been helping to raise awareness of knife crime through the Premier League Inspires outreach work. As part of the sessions delivered in schools from primary Year Six through to secondary Year 10, students engaged with EitC to design an eye catching costume for In Memory of Colin McGinty runners to wear during the marathon.
In the last two years, the running team have raised more than £20,000 in Colin’s memory which with the support of local charity Cash4Kids, has funded knife crime awareness projects across Merseyside, Lancashire and Manchester.
Laura Hughes said: “The London Marathon was the absolute dream and we had all trained really hard to even get to the start line.
“The support that we have had from the general public as well as the media has been fantastic.
“Without all of this support we would not of been able to raise the money that we have. This money is being used to purchase and install KnifeSaversUK bleed control packs across communities where children ‘hang around’ and they will save someone’s life.
“The London Marathon was both mentally and physically tough. I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to my amazing teammates who really helped me on the day by wearing the costume more so I didn’t have to, holding my hand at times, trying to make me laugh and just being by my side. I am eternally great full and it’s something I will never forget.
“The London Marathon we will be back next year and I can’t believe that I am saying this but I can’t actually wait!”
To add to their donations, which have reached more than £23,000, go to https://is.gd/uzjJx3