The Knife Angel is a stunning 27ft, 3.5 ton, sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK.
Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it has been on tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime and all forms of violence and aggression.
It is a National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, and is coming to Hereford in June 2021
Alison Davies lost her son Mark to knife crime in December 2018 and together with friends Meryl Cain, Pauline Strong and Jan Jefferies wanted to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact violent crime has on individuals, families and communities. The team’s involvement with this project is carried out on a voluntary basis. The group are known as The Knife Angel Hereford Team.
The Knife Angel is coming to Hereford in June 2021 for 28 Days, hosted by Hereford Cathedral. During the Knife Angel’s visit we will run a series of workshops and interactive events. It is envisaged that this initiative will continue after the Knife Angel leaves Hereford. The majority of host towns & cities to date have had a knife amnesty whilst the Angel is in situ. We will have a general weapons amnesty, with the approval of West Mercia Police. There is a “knife surrender” secure bin which travels with the Angel.
During the Knife Angel’s stay in Hereford, there will be;
We need to raise funds to cover the transportation of the Angel, and craneage to install, workshops, conferences, promotional campaigns and literature, printing costs, lighting, plus 24-hour security and insurance for this valuable and unique statue.
We will need volunteers and sponsors to:
Offer pro-bono services or at a reduced rate
Assist with visitors/groups arriving to see the Knife Angel, hand
out leaflets, explain to the public the meaning and making of the Angel
Assist with workshops for children of all ages (DBS checks will be needed for this)
Devise and organise fundraising events/initiatives
Spend time with visitors who have been affected by trauma and signpost them to further support.