MPs Nick de Bois and David Lammy are co-hosting an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of young people who participated in the Godwin Lawson Foundation Leadership Programme, set up in memory of Godwin Lawson, a 17 year old murdered in a knife crime in 2010.
The event takes place on Wednesday 9 October in the Macmillan Room of Portcullis House at the House of Commons.
The Godwin Lawson Foundation (GLF) is a charity set up in Godwin’s memory, which aims to raise awareness of the positive role that sport and education can have in challenging gang culture and the use of weapons as a status symbol.
Yvonne, mother of Godwin Lawson, an aspiring young footballer, said: “The Godwin Lawson Foundation was set up in memory of my son, Godwin, who was tragically killed in a knife crime in 2010. My aim is to facilitate activities that tackle the causes of knife crime in London, as well as across the UK.
“Football was a passion for Godwin and I want to raise awareness of the positive role that sport can have in challenging gang culture and the use of weapons as a status symbol.”
Nick de Bois MP for Enfield North said: “Yvonne has suffered something few of us can imagine, the loss of her son through a senseless knife assault. She has since shown a determination rarely seen in others to ensure others understand positive influences on their life rather than a life of crime and violence. Her foundation programme and awards are the perfect tribute to her late son Godwin and I am very proud to host this event with my fellow parliamentarian David Lammy.”
David Lammy MP for Tottenham added: “The launch of the Godwin Lawson Foundation is testament to the courage, strength and dignity of Yvonne Lawson, her determination to create a positive legacy from a tragedy. It is wonderful to see that the foundation is already building relationships with students from across North London, tackling gang and knife culture through working constructively with the young people. I look forward to celebrating further achievements of the Foundations in years to come.”
Yvonne added: “Our lives feel empty without our beloved Godwin, however we are determined to use his memory to create something positive. The Godwin Lawson Foundation’s aim is to invest in young people who want to be part of a positive initiative to reduce gang and street crime.
“We are also aiming to deliver road shows to schools using Godwin Lawson Peace Ambassadors to deliver anti-gang and anti-knife messages.”