Monday, 25 August 2008

Charity song in anti-knife campaign

A group of actors and sports stars will record a charity song against knife crime after a recent spate of fatal stabbings across the country. The collaboration, under the name UK Flow, includes world champion boxers Johnny Nelson and Junior Witter.

The project - which has the support of Richard Caborn MP, Girls Aloud and players from the England football and rugby squads - hopes to raise money for a number of knife crime charities across the country. The song was the idea of Stephen Nicholas, an actor who starred in the footballing drama Dream Team.

Nicholas wanted to raise awareness about knife crime and its consequences after a number of young people were stabbed to death across the country. He said: "We just want to raise awareness. We haven't got any ulterior motive, our only motive is to stop kids dying."

He continued: "We all live in different parts of the country and kids are dying in all of those areas, not just in London. "Every single community around the country is having the same problems with knife crime."

On Tuesday afternoon, the 30-year-old will join with Nelson and Witter, Casualty actors Luke Bailey and Elyes Gabel, former Hollyoaks star Lee Otway, DJ and presenter Marvyn Williams, singer Steve Edwards and singing teacher Ali Heath Cook, to record the song at the Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield. Mr Caborn, Sheffield Central MP, will also be present for the recording of the song which has not yet been named.

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