Connor Brown’s family to help ‘as many young people as they can’ as trust launch date confirmed

The family of Connor Brown is hoping to help “as many young people as they can” through a trust created in his memory as they confirm a launch date.

Connor, 18, died after he was attacked in an alleyway near Sunderland’s Gatsby’s pub on February 24, 2019, when he stepped in to defend others.

Ever since his death, his family has vowed to continue his legacy by setting up the Connor Brown Trust to help young people and prevent knife crime in the community.

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They had hoped to launch the trust in March 2021 sometime around what would have been Connor’s 21st birthday but this was pushed back again due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now, the trust is set to officially launch on September 14 with Connor’s mum Tanya saying she is “excited and nervous”.

Tanya said: “We have been planning this for so long now.

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“We became a CIC (Community Interest Company) officially in March 2020 days before Connor’s birthday, then we went into lockdown. So we have had to re-schedule several times but now it’s finally happening and yes we are excited and nervous at the same time.”

It’s hoped that with the trust they can engage with young people and explain the impact knife crime has on everyone involved and the wider community.

As well as prevention, the trust will also support victims of violent crimes and their families and raise awareness about the dangers of carrying or using a knife.

Tanya said they also hope to hold a fundraising evening in a bid to raise the profile of the trust.

She said: “Our plans for the Trust are very much in the early stages. We are hoping that within the Trust we can reach out to as many young people as we can who will benefit from our support.

“We do however have plans to host a fundraiser evening with some diverse entertainment in the hope to raise the profile of the Trust and get everyone together again after what has been a difficult time for so many.”

Tanya said they are “immensely proud” of Connor describing him as a “kind-hearted, caring, brave young man”.

She said: “We are immensely proud of Connor and all he achieved in his short life, he created this legacy by being the kind-hearted, caring, brave young man.

“It is his legacy, we are just ensuring that something constructive that Connor was passionate about comes from it and that he will always be remembered in a positive way.”

You can keep up to date on the Connor Brown Trust through the Facebook page here.

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland