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10 for Ben: Regent’s Canal walk raises £3k for Kinsella Trust – but Upper Holloway stabbing puts battle into context

PUBLISHED: 10:30 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 02 July 2018

Deborah, Brooke and George Kinsella lead walkers along the canal path from Colebrooke Row at the start of their charity '10 for Ben' on Saturday. Picture: Polly Hancock

Deborah, Brooke and George Kinsella lead walkers along the canal path from Colebrooke Row at the start of their charity '10 for Ben' on Saturday. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Hundreds of people joined Ben Kinsella’s family for a sponsored 10k walk along the Regent’s Canal on Saturday – with £2,800 so far raised for the anti-knife crime trust set up in his name.

Brooke Kinsella with walkers Maxwell and Kelly Sutton during Saturday's '10 for Ben'. Picture: Polly HancockBrooke Kinsella with walkers Maxwell and Kelly Sutton during Saturday's '10 for Ben'. Picture: Polly Hancock

The walk, from Colebrooke Row in Islington to Victoria Park and back, marked the 10-year anniversary of 16-year-old Ben’s murder in North Road in the Cally.

The Ben Kinsella Trust aims to educate young people about the horrors of knife crime. And, sadly, a reminder of its battle came a day after the event when a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in Fairbridge Road, Upper Holloway. Two boys, aged 14 and 15, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Last week, the Gazette ran a special edition to mark the anniversary. While his sister, Brooke, said her family won’t give up the fight, she added: “We, and many other families, have tried our hardest to make a difference and I really hoped that 10 years on, I could say we’ve helped. I actually think we are in a worse position right now.”

Donations can still be made at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/walk10forben

Brooke Kinsella joins children from her True Stars Academy on Colebrooke Row at the start of the charity '10 for Ben' on Saturday. Picture: Polly HancockBrooke Kinsella joins children from her True Stars Academy on Colebrooke Row at the start of the charity '10 for Ben' on Saturday. Picture: Polly Hancock


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