Richard Taylor, the father of Damilola Taylor received an OBE in the New Year Honours for his campaign against violent crime. Today he dedicated his OBE to the memory of his son, who was stabbed to death, and his late wife.
November 2010 marked ten years since 10 year old Damilola Taylor bled to death in a Peckham council estate stairwell after being stabbed by youths with a broken bottle. A year after his murder, his father and mother, Gloria Taylor, set up the Damilola Taylor Trust. Mrs. Taylor died in 2008, aged 59.
The Trust has been working for the past 9 years to campaign against violent crime and promote positivity and opportunities for young people in the country, through projects such as it’s yearly Spirit Of London awards, which have taken place for the last two years and celebrates the achievements of young Londoners. Mr. Taylor’s OBE recognises his accomplishments in the community.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr. Taylor, 62, said, “I dedicate this award to the struggle started by Gloria and in memory of the loss of Damilola’s life. It’s a continual battle and won’t be won until the streets are safe.
“It was a really big surprise to get the letter congratulating me on being given the honour. People have asked me whether I’m going to get [an OBE] over the years and I just thought, when the time came it would be given.”
He added: “We have to support young people and do what we can to get kids off the streets to make our communities safer. People need to feel safe.”[Source]