Ryan Taylor and Andre Gray supporting the Wickers Charity

This August Bank Holiday Weekend, The Wickers Charity created a unique partnership with world famous BMX Star Ryan Taylor and his movement, Bikes Up Knives Down to create a float which took part in the Notting Hill carnival, to spread the message of anti-gang and knife crime.  

The float was bright yellow in colour with the Wickers Charity logo emblazoned along the side. The float was designed with a special ramp for Ryan to perform some of his bike tricks at the Carnival to around one million people, attending the annual event, with many cheering and in awe at Ryan's talent.

To promote the event, the week before, we hosted a successful media day which was attended by a number of journalists such as The Sun on Sunday, The Mirror, BBC TV, ITV, Russia Today, Talk Radio, Heart Radio, the Press Association and JOE Media. Earlier in the day, Ryan and charity founder, Henry Smith appeared on Vanessa Feltz’s show on BBC Radio to promote the event.

The day was hosted by Henry Smith with special guest star Premier League Footballer, Andre Gray. Gray has himself been the victim of knife crime and now speaks out openly against it.  Gray posed for photographs and has expressed his willingness to work with The Wickers Charity on future events. 

Here are just a couple of the news articles, generated from the event:


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/prem-star-andre-gray-says-18995130

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7388895/Football-hero-joins-young-bike-riders-anti-knife-crime-protest.html

 

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/other/andre-gray-kids-affected-by-knife-crime-are-trapped-by-their-environments/vi-AAGeoYP

Yvonne Martin