Take A Knife Save A Life nominated for award.

Take A Knife Save A Life have been nominated for a local award. The team of volunteers has been nominated for the ‘Mum’s Guide to Romford’ Local Volunteer of the Year award.

Take A Knife Save A Life (Taksal) was set up nearly a year ago by Stephen Gowers who wanted to make a difference in the community following the brutal murder of Jodie Chesney at Amy’s park in Harold Hill.

Team Co-ordinator Robert Dean told the Havering Daily: “We work with the community to make the streets as safe as we can.

We do regular patrols which include weapon sweeps, liaising with the community especially the youth, act as deterrent and raise awareness of knife crime.”

Since the group started they have gone from strength to strength and now many of the volunteers have under gone life saving training.

Robert continued: “Some of us are first aid trained and mental health first aid trained and have training under the security industry authority (SIA) at Door Supervisor Level. We attend many events in the area and try and support the local community as much as we can.”

Taksal now patrol right across the borough from Harold Hill, to Collier Row, Hornchurch, Upminster, Cranham and Elm Park. The volunteers are out on patrols at least twice a week.

If you would like to vote for these amazing volunteers please see the Mum’s Guide to Romford facebook page.


Taksal members at a community event last summer with Shaun Bailey.

Taksal supported by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.

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