On Sunday 19th of January members of the Take A Knife Save A Life unveiled their new minibus at the Rising Sun pub in Hornchurch.
The mini-bus is clearly marked with the team’s name in purple their tribute colour, but more importantly, carries life-saving equipment on board such as a defibrillator and first aid kit.
The founder of the group Stephen Gowers was present at the launch alongside volunteer members Sam Bird, Paula Mulvihill, Dave Kirk and Peter Jackson.
Tory Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey was also present as well as Harold Hill Councillor Jan Sargent, to show their support for the team.
The unveiling of the minibus was not just the only news of the day, the team is also now introducing ‘safe spaces’ across Havering for children and adults to turn to if they feel threatened in any way.
The team is asking local shops across the borough to join in the scheme and host a Taksal purple sticker in their window to show that they are a safe space. This will allow anyone in need of help to enter a safe place where they can ask for assistance.
Taksal are always looking for volunteers, so if you would like to join please see their Facebook page for further information.