Holly Watson is a 17 year old from Sudbury, Suffolk. She attends Sudbury Upper Sixth Form where she is doing AS Level Law, and works part-time at the Sudbury McDonalds. Holly grew up in Great Cornard but moved to Sudbury when she was 9 years old – where she has lived since.
Holly was brought up in a loving and caring household, consisting of both parents and her little sister who is 6 years younger than her. Holly also had an older brother and sister from her dad’s first marriage.
Holly was just an ordinary 16 year old – she had just started Sixth Form, had her part-time job at McDonalds, enjoyed going out with her mates etc., but on the 26th of September 2009 that all changed.
A phone-call in the middle of the night revealed that her older brother Lewis had been stabbed in Sudbury and was being rushed to hospital. Hours later she was told by her Grandparents that he had died. This turned her life upside down being faced with one of the hardest things to deal with, but with the support and strength of family and friends she began to re-build her life and wanted to do something to ensure no other family would have to suffer the way hers had and still were.
She also wanted to bring home to people that what happened to her brother, can happen to anyone, anywhere. She wanted the public and people in Sudbury and surrounding villages to be more aware of the dangers of knives, she wanted to see knives being taken off the streets, she wanted more random searches carried out by police and pub/club owners. She had no idea how she was going to accomplish this, but was determined to see something done, or at least to try.