A mother who lost her teenage son to a fatal stabbing has set up a charity to raise awareness and inform teenagers about knife crime.
Caroline Shearer from Colchester in Essex lost her son, Jay Whiston, when he was stabbed at a party. He was only 17 years old. He had stepped in to stop a friend’s drink being taken by a group of teenage gate crashers.
The loss of her son prompted Caroline to set up the Only Cowards Carry Weapons Awareness course in September 2013. Since its inception, more than 100,000 youngsters from schools, colleges and prisons have been on the knife crime course.
The course concerns the damage and trauma that knife crime can cause and how easily an attack can become fatal. Jay’s best friend, Elliott McMillan, gave up his day job to help Caroline run the charity.
Regarding Jay, he said, "He was a very good friend. He always taught me not to fight and be friendly to other people so when this happened I really needed to make a difference for him to make sure that these children don't lose their best friends ... so they don't have to put up with the heartache and loss."
Caroline and Elliott are determined to have the course made part of the national curriculum.
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