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Jodie Chesney Foundation to launch with charity football match

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back in Amy’s Park (credit: Metropolitan Police)

A charity football match is being held to launch the Jodie Chesney Foundation. 

The 17-year-old was stabbed to death in Amy’s Park, in Harold Hill, in March. 

Her father, Peter Chesney, has quit his job to start a charity in her memory. It is aimed at stopping knife crime by providing parents and young people with prevention and intervention advice. 

Jodie’s uncle, Terry, tells Time 107.5 taking little steps as parents can make a difference: “Asking where your children are between the hours of 3pm and 6pm in the afternoon, actually locating where they are and doing workshops shows we can prevent knife crime.” 

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell, is also supporting the foundation. 

“Most of us as parents don’t always understand what is going on in our young peoples lives,” he said. 

“The fact that we are trying to help them build a programme that supports parents is really important as well because it’s not just about the young person but their support network as well.” 

A number of celebrities will be playing in the match, including Harley Benn, Kevin Mitchell and Paul Konchesky. 

There will also be a raffle, auction and face paint. 

It is taking place at Dagenham and Redbridge FC on Sunday, 22 September. 

You can buy tickets to the game on the day or book online here

If you would like to support the Jodie Chesney Foundation, you can do so here here

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