£500 boost for Swindon anti-knife crime charity

By Barrie Hudson - 23 January 2024

  • Own Dunn was 18 when he was murdered

    Own Dunn was 18 when he was murdered

A campaigning organisation named for a Swindon teenager who was murdered has received help from Swindon’s Bus Company.

Owen’s World was created following the fatal stabbing of Penhill teenager Owen Dunn in December 2022. 

As a much-loved member of his local community, Owen’s passing has deeply affected many.

Through Owen’s World, his family and friends are devoted to creating a safer community and addressing the challenges young people face - including the pressing issue of knife crime. 

Joanne Davis from Owen’s World said: “Owen was a beloved figure in Penhill, and he was cherished by his close-knit friends who considered him family.

“He had an incredible knack for bringing smiles to people’s faces and was a dependable, friendly, confidant to many. 

"His passing was a tragic reminder of the issues we, as a community, face. Owen’s family and close friends were determined to keep his memory alive by founding this charity here in Swindon. 

“Owen’s World’s goals involve raising awareness around knife crime, providing support, and igniting inspiration in others, fostering active participation in building a more promising and secure future for all. 

“In order to do this, we rely on donations from local people and businesses - and we turned to Swindon’s Bus Company’s community fund for support. 

"We were delighted to receive £500, which will be put to very good use.”

Swindon's Bus Company General Manager Andrew Sherrington general manager, added: “Owen’s World was created in the wake of a tragic and avoidable event - the nightmare of any parent. 

"The work this charity does across our local community is absolutely vital, and we are pleased to be able to support them in any way we can.”

The Community Fund is open to applicants twice a year, during June and December.

Further information about Owen's World can be found at www.owensworldfoundation.co.uk




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