Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Girls Aloud sing out against knife crime

A group of celebrities are recording a charity song against knife crime after a recent spate of fatal stabbings in the UK.

The collaboration, under the name UK Flow, includes world champion boxers Johnny Nelson and Junior Witter.

The project, with the support of Richard Caborn MP, Girls Aloud and players from the England football and rugby squads, aims to raise money for a number of knife crime charities.

The song was the idea of Stephen Nicholas, an actor who starred in the footballing drama Dream Team.

Nicholas wanted to raise awareness about knife crime and its consequences after a number of young people were stabbed to death across the country.

He said: “We just want to raise awareness. We haven’t got any ulterior motive, our only motive is to stop kids dying.”

He continued: "We all live in different parts of the country and kids are dying in all of those areas, not just in London.

"Every single community around the country is having the same problems with knife crime."

Yesterday afternoon, the 30-year-old joined with Nelson and Witter, Casualty actors Luke Bailey and Elyes Gabel, former Hollyoaks star Lee Otway, DJ and presenter Marvyn Williams, singer Steve Edwards and singing teacher Ali Heath Cook, to record the song at the Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield.

Mr Caborn, Sheffield Central MP, will also be present for the recording of the song which has not yet been named.

Nicholas said he hopes the record will raise money to set up acting and sporting workshops for children to keep them away from crime.

The group first performed the song at the Music In The Sun event in Sheffield at the beginning of the month and will support the Kaiser Chiefs at the Love Music Hate Racism concert in Rotherham next month.

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