Charlie Burns lost his life just days before his 20th birthday, in a fatal knife attack on the 18th of August 2014. Charlie was training to be a plumber and had just become a father to a beautiful little girl. In memory of Charlie and inspired by this life-changing event, Charlie's Mum, Keeley Burns and his best friend Jojo Akwa, set up The Charlie Burns Foundation in March 2015.
The Charlie Burns Foundation run community initiatives to support, encourage and guide young people and their families on their quest to eliminate knife crime.
Aims & Objectives
The Foundation’s primary objectives are to :-
• Provide advocacy, befriending & emotional support for the victims of violent crime and serious youth violence
• Work with schools to provide early intervention for young people to prevent the pressures of postcode rivalry, youth culture, gang culture/affiliation
• Expose the effects of knife crime (carrying/using a knife or gun/prevention of violent crime) through an installation named The Wake-up Room curated by Postcode Parents support group
• Promote social change through active anti-violent crime campaigns
• Collaborate with local, regional and national organisations to create safer streets, break barriers and divisions that cause postcode rivalry and create initiatives that bring communities together
• Create projects that respond to the communities needs relating to violent crime and serious youth violence
"I lost my son to knife crime in 2014. Enough is enough, I don't want another family going through what we have and are still going through"