Last Saturday morning, Mollie Swadkins, our Senior Tutor in Foundation Learning, appeared live on the BBC Breakfast show to talk about knife crime.

In 2017, Mollie lost her good friend, Adam Ellison, to knife crime. Since then, Mollie has helped set up The Adam Foundation which aims to educate young people about the consequences of carrying a knife, encourages sensible choices and promotes ways to stay safe.

On Saturday, Mollie, alongside Adam’s sister Nicola, renewed the police appeal for people to come forward with information. It has been five years since Adam’s death and they still have no answers.

On the Breakfast show, Mollie spoke about the educational programmes that the Foundation delivers both in primary and secondary schools. Mollie commented: “It is so important for educational providers to talk about knife crime, and I truly believe it is never too early to do so. In order to make our communities safer, we need to be proactive.

“We have had great responses from local primary schools when we have been in to speak to pupils in Year 6 classes. We talk about peer pressure and also dispel the myth that carrying a knife is cool or a way to protect yourself. It is time for a change and we will strive to do everything we can in Adam’s memory.”

Merseyside Police have put out a fresh appeal for information. Click the link to find out more. Adam Ellison fifth anniversary appeal.