Fun Day event: 1pm – 3pm, April 29, 2012, on playing fields of Craigswood Sports Centre, Livingston
Two West Lothian women are organising a fun day in Livingston to raise funds to launch a campaign for tougher jail sentences for those who commit knife crimes. The event is in memory of 27 year-oid Jim Tierney, a cousin of one of the women, who was stabbed to death in a friend’s house in April 2011, in Pumpherston.
Sharon Louse Duffy said she and her friends Leanne felt compelled to do something to highlight the damage being caused to families and communities by the prevalence of knife crime, and hoped that the communities in West Lothian would rally round in support of their campaign.
Sharron added: “The use of knives, and people leaving their homes armed with such weapons and being prepared to use them, should be of huge concern to all of us. The only way to put a stop to the use of such weapons is for much tougher sentencing. The only way that is going to happen is if the outcry from the general public is such that the relevant authorities are forced to act in response.”
The April 29 day will include zumba, dance and judo displays, children’s events, face painting, and other sports events.