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The Hatch Supports Knife Angel Campaign at Blackburn Cathedral

The Hatch has supported Lancashire Violence Reduction Network (LVRN), with developing it’s county-wide Knife Angel campaign, as they prepared to welcome the 27ft sculpture to Blackburn Cathedral.

What is Knife Angel Lancashire?

Consisting of over 100,000 seized and surrendered knives, the 27ft statue was created by Alfie Bradley, in collaboration with The British Ironwork Centre.  The Knife Angel sculpture was unveiled  in 2017 and has travelled to 13 towns and cities since, with Blackburn it’s latest destination. The initiative aims to raise awareness with regards to knife crime, an important topic in our local community. During it’s stay, there will be plenty of opportunity for the people of Lancashire to visit the sculpture, as well as educational resources available for those who wish to have more involvement in the program. 

Knife angel close up

Blackburn Cathedral Peace Vigil

The Hatch team felt it was vital to express their support and see the project come to life, by attending the Peace Vigil, having worked so closely with the LVRN team in the run up to Thursday 4th November’s launch. 

Jennifer Hodges, Senior Account Manager, and Stephen Slater, Web Designer, both attended the Knife Angel Peace Vigil, held to mark the month-long knife crime awareness and educational campaign. The pair met up with Natalie Burtonwood- Wilson, Marketing Communications Lead at Lancashire Constabulary’s Violence Reduction Unit, who the team have worked closely with to ensure their vision for the campaign could be brought to life. 

On the project, Natalie added: We are delighted to have the Knife Angel visit Lancashire. Even though it is situated at Blackburn Cathedral, it is here for the whole county, to act as a catalyst for dialogue, education and reflection. We hope that individuals, families and communities are inspired by this amazing sculpture and take away a message of peace and hope. We were pleased to work with The Hatch on this high profile project to bring the Knife Angel campaign to life on the web, which will act as a legacy in the months ahead.” 

Peace Vigil

Working Closely with Vital Public Services

Earlier this year, our dynamic team was given the task of designing and developing a landing page to showcase Lancashire’s Knife Angel Education Programme. WCAG compliant and featuring a countdown to the campaign’s launch, as well as resources and further information about knife crime, the website has acted as a vital tool for LRVN when it came to raising awareness across the county. Moreover, educational institutions and members of the local community can utilise this site to find out what they can get involved with and book their dedicated sessions if desired. 

The Knife Angel campaign wasn’t the first time The Hatch worked with Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, or Lancashire Constabulary. Prior to this, our team have worked on other important police related projects, such as Modern Slavery, across all media platforms. 

From OOH branding, to video content and beyond. The Hatch team is incredibly proud to have worked on so many crucial projects for public sector campaigns. 

The Hatch’s Managing Director, Steven Hickey, commented: “Working on such a vital and powerful police campaign has been an absolute privilege for The Hatch team. I’m immensely proud of our team for their outstanding work on Knife Angel, and I’m delighted to see the sculpture taking pride of place outside Blackburn Cathedral, as the Lancashire Knife Angel program begins.”

Get Involved

If you would like to visit the Knife Angel sculpture, it will remain outside Blackburn Cathedral until November 29th., you can find out more via their website.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for marketing and web support, visit our portfolio and see how we can help. To contact a member of our team directly, call 0333 050 4804 or alternatively you can get in touch online.

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