After Billy’s death, his father, Paul Dove, didn’t want anyone else to go though what he and his family were enduring. He describes the lives of all children as ‘precious’ and wants to see them live long happy and productive lives. By setting up Billy’s Wish, we are working to educate our children and young people about the dangers of knife crime and how to make positive choices instead.
3760 Students Engaged
From 59 Schools
3725 Students Engaged
From 68 Schools
The Billy’s Wish Team
I have personal experience of losing a loved one to knife crime and have spent my professional life as a Trauma Surgeon working with communities to understand the drivers of youth violence and to help change how we as a society address it. I led the development of the first ward-based violence reduction programme in the UK. This had tremendous success in supporting the victims and families of violence and led onto contributing to community programmes that have made a huge difference to those we have encountered. I’m currently the Clinical Director of the Violence Reduction Network for NHS London, and the first National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction for NHS England. I’m hugely grateful to Billy’s amazing family for building this Charity that celebrates his life and works tirelessly to help young people recognise their potential and make our society a better and happier place. It’s my privilege to be a patron of Billy’s Wish and am grateful to them for inspiring me to do more to end youth violence.
Billy’s father and founder of Billy’s Wish.
Billy’s aunt, and Trustee of Billy’s Wish. As well as her role as Trustee, Sally attends workshops, symposiums, and educational talks. As a professional photographer she has also undertaken all the photography for the charity over the last 8 years and for Doves United.
Unfortunately, much charity is born out of the loss of a loved one and I applaud the bravery of the knife crime victim families who have stepped up and continue to campaign to save other families from this devastation. I’ve known Billy’s family for many years and was honoured to become a trustee of Billy’s Wish. If anything our charity does stops another life being lost to this needless crime, it is a job well done in my book.
Education Officer: Katharine Harper (BSc Hons, PGCE)
Katharine is a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has been a friend of the family for many years and has supported Billy’s Wish from it’s early stages. She became our Education Officer in 2017.
Katharine’s role includes keeping the education resources up to date, liaising with schools and youth organisations to lead workshops and deliver talks, as well as sharing the role of spokesperson for the charity in the press and media.