‘’EVERY decision you make has consequences. Who are you associating with and is it putting you at risk?’’

These questions were posed to students at Park Academy in Uxbridge during a talk by knife crime campaigner Yvonne Lawson. 

Her teenage son, Godwin, was stabbed to death in the street in Stamford Hill, London, as he tried to stop two of his old school friends from being attacked by four young men. 

Godwin, who was attending Oxford United Football Academy on a scholarship, was just 17. 

Mrs Lawson, who set up the Godwin Lawson Foundation (GLF) in memory of her son, shared his story to make students think twice about knife crime or associating with peers who carry a knife. 

Mrs Lawson acknowledged knife crime has become accepted by teenagers today as part-and-parcel of growing up but urged them to think about the devastating impact it has on families.

‘’I’m still in pieces about what happened to Godwin and that I will never speak to him again just because someone somewhere made the wrong decision to carry a knife and use it,” she added.

‘’As a mum you don’t want to plan your child’s funeral all because someone made the wrong decision.’’

Mrs Lawson has worked with former prime ministers David Cameron and Theresa May and also Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. She was made an MBE last year.