Working to stamp out knife crime through education and positive activity

Welcome to Billy’s Wish

Billy’s Wish is an anti-knife crime education charity that was set up following the tragic death of Billy Dove, a young, innocent man, in the early hours of 6th November 2011.

We have developed an education programme for upper Key Stage 2 and Secondary schools which focus on choices, consequences and facts about knife crime.

Billy’s Story

Billy was popular and a good friend, he’d  never been in trouble – but tragically, he was an innocent victim of knife crime.

Portrait Image of Billy Dove
Portrait Image of Billy Dove

Billy’s Story

Billy was popular and a good friend, he’d  never been in trouble – but tragically, he was an innocent victim of knife crime.

What We Do

Our Education Programme

Our Education Programme

We have downloadable teaching resources suitable for Year 6 to Year 13, focusing on choices, consequences and facts.

Our resources are free to use. Simply register as a user for unlimited access.

Visits and Talks

Visits and Talks

We offer bespoke assemblies and workshops to schools, youth groups, parents and other stakeholders in the Hemel Hempstead area. Please contact us for more information.

Advice and Information

Advice and Information

If you are worried about yourself or someone else, there is always someone to talk to or somewhere safe to go. Nothing is too small or too awful that you can’t tell someone.

Follow this link for facts about knives and the legal position with knives.

FACT: Carrying a knife does not protect you.

Our Achievements

In 2018

3760 Students Engaged

From 59 Schools

In 2019

3725 Students Engaged

From 68 Schools

Crucial Crew Logo

Crucial Crew is an innovative and interactive way of delivering personal and safety education messages to Year 6 children (10/11 year olds), Billy’s Wish is proud to be working with Crucial Crew Hertfordshire. We run up to 20 ten-minute sessions in a day, reaching around 120 children a day over one week or two week periods.

It’s a very intense, brilliant opportunity to make an impact with many children in small groups.

Thank you for sharing something you clearly feel passionate about.

Can I just say how perfect that was? I need to take this message back to school.

We've had children recently planning fights: it's so relevant.

Sign The Pledge

Join our Billy’s Wish community of people willing to make a public statement that we are living knife free and will support others to do the same – sign our Anti-Weapons Pledge today.

Close Up of Hands Signing the Pledge

Latest News

It’s ‘thank you’ time again!

It’s ‘thank you’ time again!

It’s ‘thank you’ time again! Four Co-op stores in the Hemel Hempstead area have made a very generous donation to Billy’s Wish this week. A cheque for £1000 from the Co-op’s Community Fund was handed to Billy’s cousin Jade, by the store managers: Alex, from Warners...

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Billy’s Wish Dallas Golf Day 26th September 2020

Billy’s Wish Dallas Golf Day 26th September 2020

An absolutely incredible $8600 USD was raised at the weekend in Dallas! This brings the total John has raised for us over the years in Dallas to nearly $50,000. We are blown away! This is the eighth year that John Eggleton and his team have run a golf day for Billy’s...

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Autumn 2019 Round Up

Autumn 2019 Round Up

Over the last few months we have continued to deliver assemblies and workshops in schools, refined our lesson plans and presentations that go with the videos in our education resources and have made some other big changes - but more of that later when our new website...

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