Josh Hanson murder: Wreath making workshop raises awareness of knife crime

PUBLISHED: 09:24 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:24 20 December 2017

Tracey Hanson organised a wreath making event for bereaved families

Tracey Hanson organised a wreath making event for bereaved families


The bereaved mother of a Kingsbury man fatally stabbed to death held a wreath making workshop in Kilburn to raise awareness of those killed in knife attacks.

Tracey and Josh Hanson (Picture: Met Police) Tracey and Josh Hanson (Picture: Met Police)

The Josh Hanson Charitable Trust held its first workshop for families affected by knife crime at The Sacred Heart Church in Quex Road on Saturday.

Josh Hanson was stabbed in the neck at the RE Bar in Hillingdon in an unprovoked attack while on a night out with friends on October 11 2015.

Police still want to speak to Shane O’Brien in connection with the killing but have been unable to trace him after he fled the country two years ago.

Josh’s mother, Tracey Hanson, who continues to fight for justice for her 21-year-old son, set up a charity in his name to divert young people from crime.

Shane O'Brien is wanted in connection to the murder  (Picture: Met Police) Shane O'Brien is wanted in connection to the murder (Picture: Met Police)

It has so far raised more than £40,000.

She said: “It was a very emotional day filled with laughter and some tears but it was a time where we remembered our loved ones whilst coming together and making new friends with families who especially at this time of the year find it a very challenging time.

“I am so proud of everyone who took part and the wreaths that were created were beautiful, everyone left having learnt a new skill which can also be passed on to others and that in itself is a major accomplishment.

Ms Hanson thanked Fr Terry Murray, who hosted the event at the church, and members of the community who came to support it.

She added: “I would also like to thank everyone who has helped us to fundraise throughout the year as without your generous donations we would not have been able to host this event.

“Most importantly I would like to thank my family and all of the other families who came together and created not only beautiful wreathes in memory of our loved ones but also created a memory to be cherished forever.

“If you would like to make a donation please to help us to continue to raise awareness to knife crime please follow the link and thank you in advance.”

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