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On Thursday 27 November I attended a memorial services for all the children lost to youth violence and the families that they have left behind.

The theme of the memorial brought together The Prime Minister, The leader of the opposition and the Mayor of London to join the Mayor of Southwark and the police commander of all 32 boroughs in addition to 30 bereaved families in a unified stand against gun, knife and gang crime.

The Archbiship of York presided over the service with the Dean of Southwark and supported readings came for Sir Trevor Macdonald, Dame Kelly Holmes. The Gospel Choir of St Saviour and St Olave’s Girls’ School sang speak to me and there was a poem written and read by Ashley Walters about the horrors of youth violence.

Damilola Taylors father, Richard Taylor, addressed the congregation and spoke of how his son died at the age of 10 and that this year he would have been eighteen and entering university to become a doctor. He called on everyone to give their help to empower the country to become acutely aware of this mindless activity.

Rememberance service

Afterwards I met with some of the families who had lost children to youth violence, and from those working in organisations that work with young people and campaigners working to stop the senseless loss of young lives through youth violence.

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