A partnership which will educate children about the dangers of knife crime has been formed between London Broncos Ladies and The Ben Kinsella Trust.
Founded by Brooke Kinsella MBE, and her family, following the murder of her brother Ben in an unprovoked knife attack in Islington 13 years ago, The Ben Kinsella Trust works to educate young people to make positive choices to stay safe.
The charity has engaged with more than 16,000 children since its formation in 2008 through workshops, online lessons and videos. It also campaigns for action and justice for those affected by knife crime to ensure everyone can take responsibility for tackling the issue.
The Ben Kinsella Trust’s partnership with Broncos Ladies will see a number of Colin Baker’s squad visit workshop sessions in local schools to help spread a positive message about keeping yourself and others safe.
Ms Kinsella said: “We are thrilled to partner with London Broncos Ladies to help educate children about the dangers of knife crime. Young women are often forgotten when it comes to knife crime.
“Sadly, police figures show knife carrying among women and girls increased by 73% between 2014 and 2018. It’s why The Ben Kinsella Trust created anti-knife crime workshops aimed at girls to help and protect them.
“London Broncos Ladies will play an important role in helping us put an end to knife crime and we are pleased to be working in partnership with Colin Baker and the rest of the squad.”
As part of the partnership, The Ben Kinsella Trust’s logo will feature prominently on Ladies’ 2022 kit.
John Keyes, Community Manager at London Broncos, said: “We are pleased to partner with The Ben Kinsella Trust to help young people understand the charity’s important message.
“No family or community should suffer the loss of life because of knife crime. Carrying a knife does not keep you safe, it only puts you and the people around you in significantly greater danger.
“Everyone at London Broncos would like to thank Brooke, her family, and everyone at The Ben Kinsella Trust for the positive work they do in London to tackle this important issue. We look forward to helping the charity spread its message through the power of Rugby League.”
Further information about The Ben Kinsella Trust and its work can be found online via: The Ben Kinsella Trust | #StopKnifeCrime.