The Ben Kinsella Trust is one of the leading anti-knife crime charities in the UK. We were set up following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella in 2008. We exist to campaign against knife crime and to educate young people about its dangers and help them make positive choices to stay safe.
Ben's Story What happened to Ben is every parent’s worst nightmare. Having recently finished his GCSE’s Ben and his friends arrange to go out to a local bar to celebrate. While at the bar an altercation broke out between two groups, Ben was not involved and was initially unaware of the trouble. When the bar closed, 3 teenagers returned looking for revenge. In the ensuing confusion Ben and his friends decided to run to get away from any trouble. However, the three teenagers followed, when Ben stopped running they approached him and stabbed him 11 times in 5 seconds. He died a short while later.
Our work and success Since Ben’s murder, the Kinsella family have worked tirelessly to help prevent similar tragedies happening to other families
Since the Trust was founded in 2008 it has been responsible for many changes and achievements in the battle against knife crime. We helped organise the People’s March in September 2008 in Hyde Park to raise public awareness about knife crime. In March 2010 we successfully campaigned to change the minimum sentence for a knife related murder from a 15-year to a 25-year start point. This law is now commonly referred to as ‘Ben’s Law’. In 2011, Brooke Kinsella produced a report for the Home Office entitled Tackling Knife Crime Together, the recommendations of this report have had major influence on successive Government’s approach to solving knife crime. Later that same year, Brooke was awarded an MBE for her work against knife crime.
The Trust continues to highlight issues relating to knife crime and regularly appears in the national media, most recently highlighting the illegal sale of knives to under 18’s and the loopholes that assist young people to buy knives on-line.
In September 2012 the Ben Kinsella Knife Crime Awareness Exhibition was launched. The exhibition space is used as a backdrop to deliver a series of workshops aimed at children and young people aged from 10 to 17 years. Our workshops look at the negative consequences of knife crime and use videos to tell Ben’s story and show the devastating impact his death had on everyone who knew him. The workshops also teach young people about choices and consequences, how to make positive decisions to stay safe, the Law and how it is applied to knife crime and the realities of prison life. To date over 10,000 children and young people from across London have visited the exhibition with the majority signing a pledge promising never to carry a knife.
We need your help It costs us £10 to provide a young person with 2-hour anti-knife crime workshop. Our workshops have been shown to change young people's attitudes away from carrying a knife, helping them to make more positive choices to stay safe. To date over 10,000 children and young people from across London have taken part in our workshops with the majority signing a pledge promising never to carry a knife.
It is now 10 years since Ben’s murder and Knife crime is at its highest for a decade. It is therefore critical that we reach more young people than ever before to help them stay safe. That why we are launching 10 for Ben, a fun way to do 10 things to raise funds to help the Ben Kinsella Trust. For more details follow this link http://www.benkinsella.org.uk/support/10-for-ben-download-you-sponsorship-form-here-1
Promotional video for the Ben Kinsella Exhbition
An interview with George Kinsella founder of the Ben Kinsella Trust