Lewisham pupils' 10,000 Hands campaign gets big name backing

First published in News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

CELEBRITIES, politicians and the police all leant a hand to an anti-violence project set up by schoolchildren in recent weeks.

The 10,000 Hands campaign will eventually see all Lewisham school pupils add a hand print to a 500m cloth as a "message of hope".

Lewisham police borough commander Chief Superintendent Russell Nyman has now added his print along with other serving officers.

On a visit to Sedgehill accompanied by a Channel Four film crew, Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry also joined in the campaign.

Millwall captain Danny Shittu has chipped in and politicians including Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Lewisham's chief Sir Steve Bullock have all joined the campaign.

And lat week, 400 primary pupils from Blackheath's St Matthew Academy added their prints along with Barry and Margaret Mizen.

Camilla Yahaya, the 16-year-old Prendergast Ladywell Fields College pupil who set up the campaign, said: "The support we have been shown is truly amazing and to be honest a little overwhelming.

"The 10,000 Hands is looking more like the 30,000 hands now."

To find out more, follow the campaign's twitter account @Lewisham10000

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