A time to remember young people who have lost their lives through violence.
On Saturday 25 September 2021, we’re holding an evening of reflection to bring together the family and friends of those who have been affected by violent crime.
It’s a way to not only remember people who’ve lost their lives through violence but to also raise awareness of the impact this has on their families, friends and even the wider community.
You’ll be able to light a candle and share memories of a loved one in a book of condolences. If you would like a member of our clergy to pray for you or someone else, you can send us a prayer request in confidence. (Opens in a new window).
From 6:30 pm, there’s a series of live music performances by local talent including Quinten Green and the Liverpool Lighthouse Project Urban Choir. Poetry and speeches will also form part of the programme.
The inspiration behind the event is Mandy Jamieson whose son Danny was stabbed to death in Gateacre, in July 2018, aged just 16.
Following the tragedy, Mandy has set up Danny’s Place, a charity that facilitates talks to schools, youth organisations and the probation sector about the ripple effect knife crime can have.
In a bid to lobby the government to introduce an official national remembrance day for victims and the families of youth violence, the evening of reflection at Liverpool Cathedral is open to anyone affected by this type of crime, to remember their loved ones and to celebrate their lives.
A similar event will also be taking place in Chelmsford, Essex, where the Knife Angel sculpture which was installed outside Liverpool Cathedral in 2018, is currently residing.
On the evening of Saturday 25 September, city landmarks are asked to light up purple to support the campaign.
If you are not able to be with us in person for the evening, you can still show your solidarity by shining a light – either from your phone, using a torch or even lighting a candle at 8 pm. The book of condolences will be open across the weekend until the Cathedral closes on Sunday evening.
Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team have organised the evening of reflection in partnership with Liverpool Cathedral and Danny’s Place.
Free, light refreshments are available during the evening and are being donated by Morrisons, Belle Vale. The event is also supported by Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership which sees youth organisations, the DWP, the Home Office, probation, the five Merseyside local authorities, the fire service and other partner agencies using youth-informed programmes to tackle serious violence.
The Knife Angel originally came to Liverpool Cathedral in 2018, after nurse clinician, Rob Jackson was inspired by the attempt to site the Knife Angel in Trafalgar Square.
In his role at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Rob had spoken to 95,000 young people across the area about the realities of being involved with knife crime. He contacted Clive Knowles CEO of the British Ironworks Centre to bring the sculpture to Liverpool.
Rob wanted to use the installation to get people to start talking about the effect of knife crime on real people. Something he witnessed regularly in his job.
Like the installation of the Knife Angel sculpture, this evening of reflection is about preventing violent crime so people understand the reality and that it will not only affect other people but them personally.
- Free parking
- Free event, no booking required
- Take part in a much or as little of the event as you want.
Read our website article about the evening of reflection (opens in a new window).
Image of the inside of Liverpool Cathedral by photographer, Gareth Jones.