Phoenix Security sponsor Stab Kits

Following a presentation by the mum of a stab victim recently, Phoenix Security boss, Steve Howe pledged to purchase a 1000 stab packs to the Foundation she started, following the death of her son in 2003.

Whilst attending an Alcohol, Health and Crime steering group in Middlesbrough recently, the powerful presentation was made by Theresa Cave after her son was attacked in an unprovoked attack, which sadly took his life.

The Chris Cave Foundation, who produce the stab packs, was founded in 2005 by the distraught mother, after her son Chris was stabbed to death in 2003. The Foundation educates and supports local communities and families affected by violent crimes, also helping young individuals who are likely to be easily influenced to gain new skills through focusing their energies elsewhere.

Theresa works tirelessly with the authorities, police, ambulance crews, education sectors and businesses in the Teesside area to bring much-needed awareness to knife crimes in the region, following the tragedy that happened to them, personally.

The stab packs, which contain gloves, a pressure bandage, sterile wipes, a tampon to use in order to stem a bleed and a mouth mask for resuscitation, can literally be the difference between the victim living and dying at the scene of the crime. All packs come with full instructions for use, and in a situation, such as waiting for emergency services to arrive; they have the potential to save a life.

The packs cost around £1 each, but now, thanks to Phoenix Security’s sponsorship, it means that more packs can be made and supplied to the Foundation.

The stab packs were originally made by Louis Bamber founder of the campaign: “Live Your Life, Drop the Knife,” however, due to lack of funding could not continue to produce the packs.  As the Foundation is self-funded too, Theresa has said that it has been a constant uphill struggle to continue to supply them.

MD of Phoenix Security told us why he decided to sponsor the kits:

“As a company, we have a social responsibility to ensure that we are in touch with the very people we are trying to protect, whether that be the general public, our clients or our staff.  We are a member of the ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme), governed by Security Industry Authority and take this responsibility very seriously. The talk from Theresa was very moving indeed and it highlighted the severity of the knife-crimes that are being carried out across the country. Although the Foundation is currently working in just the Teesside are, it is hoped that these will be available nationally and the Stab Kits will be spread to cover all cities and towns in the UK.”

Phoenix Security was established in 2000, and is one of the UK’s leading stewarding, CCTV and manned guarding companies. Although based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the security company now have national coverage, being one of the UK’s leading providers of door supervisors.

Theresa Cave said:

“With knife crime on the rise these packs are essential and we cannot thank Steve Howe and Phoenix Security enough for supplying them.  Although knife crime in the North East is far lower than London, where 168 offences were recorded per 100,000 people last year, shock figures this year revealed the North East’s rate of knife crime is, unfortunately rising.”

At present, the Foundation’s helpers use a selection of fund-raising efforts in order to keep the Stab Kits in supply, by running local raffles, tombola’s etc., however this donation will allow them to concentrate their efforts on rolling it out further.

Howe concluded:

“In the week that has seen the Knife Angel statue moved to another area of the country, this is testament to the ongoing battle we have with knife crimes.  Our staff will be personally carrying these kits and if it saves just one life in the future, then it will be worth it.”