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‘Kick out the Knife’ charity football tournament comes to Kirkby

by Cathy Sheel

A Kirkby boxing club has organised a charity football tournament to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime.

Towerhill Boxing Club is holding the ‘Kick out the Knife’ tournament at All Saints High School, Kirkby on Saturday, 17 February – kick-off 11am. Six boxing clubs from the across the North West will be entering teams into the event aimed at raising money for North West Ambulance Service in support of their life-saving work with victims of knife crime.

As well as the football matches, the event will see guest speakers, including leading figures from the Kirkby boxing community, share inspiring stories about how they have helped tackle knife crime in their communities.

Alan Walsh from Anfield Boxing Club will talk about his ‘Real Men Don’t Carry Knives’ campaign which involved working with local teenagers to combat local knife crime.

Melanie Melia from Towerhill Boxing Club said: “We wanted to organise this event following the knife attack over Christmas which left a young boxer fighting for his life. As well as raising awareness of the devastating effects of knife crime we also wanted to raise funds for the emergency services – especially the ambulance service who provided life-saving support that night.”