Blick Rothenberg employees are given the opportunity to nominate and then vote for a charity that the firm will support. We are extremely proud to be currently fundraising for The Ben Kinsella Trust.
As well as raising awareness of knife crime and its impact, the trust has built a number of youth centres in Ben’s name and in March 2010 made one of its biggest achievements to date; crusading to change the law. After campaigning for the minimum sentence for a knife-related murder to be increased, Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw declared that it would be raised from 15 years to a 25-year start point. This law is commonly known as ‘Ben’s Law’.
The trust was started following the tragic murder of Ben Kinsella on 29th June, 2008 in Islington, aged just 16 years old. Ben had been celebrating his GCSE results with friends in a local bar. On his walk home, Ben was found by three other teenagers and, in an unprovoked attack, stabbed to death. The trust’s mission is to educate young people and to provide advice, support and guidance with the aim of raising self-esteem so that young people can resist peer pressure and make positive life choices.
Blick Rothenberg has already participated in a number of fundraising activities, including a charity initiative at the HRD Summit, bake sales, dress-down days, Christmas jumper day and raffles, and many more are planned throughout the year.
In 2017, Blick Rothenberg and its staff raised over £11,000 for The Ben Kinsella Trust. In November, Blick Rothenberg CEO, Nilesh Shah, presented a cheque for the amount raised to George and Debbie Kinsella (Ben's Mum and Dad) in a very moving presentation at our Great Queen Street office.
If you would like more information about The Ben Kinsella Trust, then please visit their website http://www.benkinsella.org.uk/ or follow them on twitter at: https://twitter.com/kinsellatrust