It has been a week of celebration for the anti-knife crime charity set up in memory of 21-year-old Billy Dove, who was stabbed to death in Hemel Hempstead town centre in 2011.
Billy’s Wish – founded by the popular trainee mechanic’s dad Paul Dove – received a prestigious county Crimebeat award and £1,000 in recognition of its school-based education programme designed to warn young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.
Paul said: “This is a wonderful award for my precious Billy and his legacy.
“Every day we miss him so much.
“If our work saves even one young life, all the hard work will have paid off.
“Thanks to everyone who was involved in us winning such a prestigious award, it is truly an honour to receive it.”
Days after the award the charity received a further boost when it discovered it would get an £8,000 grant from Herts’ police and crime commissioner David Lloyd, in order to develop the bespoke education programme, consisting of DVDs, lesson plans and information tokens for children in school Years 6, 7 and 8.
Already delivered in 70 Dacorum schools, the project is due to be rolled out in 500 schools across Hertfordshire.
The extra grants will be used to fund an employee who can take on the task of updating the programme and liaising with schools and police officers.