Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, whose 16-year-old brother was knifed to death, was unveiled today as an ambassador for the national charity Victim Support.
Her brother Ben had been to a north London bar with friends to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams in June 2008 when a row broke out and he was stabbed 11 times.
Brook has tirelessly campaigned against knife crime since her brother's death, backed David Cameron's campaign to mend the "broken society" and set up the Ben Kinsella Trust in Ben's memory.
She was revealed as an ambassador for Victim Support today and backed a fundraising drive for the charity's Victim Supportline, which was contacted more than 23,500 times last year.
Brooke said: "I am proud to be Victim Support's ambassador. Supportline is helping more and more victims deal with the impact of crime. But as demand outstrips funding, there is a risk that desperate people may be left without support."
Actress and anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella has become an ambassador for the charity Victim Support.
Brooke, whose brother Ben was killed in a knife attack in 2008, is calling on fellow Londoners to help the charity meet growing demands on its Victim Supportline.
Last year the Victim Supportline was contacted more than 23,500 times - up 2,700 times on the year before. It needs to recruit 65 new volunteers.
The helpline gives help for all crime types ranging from street robbery, burglary to rape and serious assault.
I am proud to be Victim Support's ambassador. Supportline is helping more and more victims deal with the impact of crime. But as demand outstrips the number of volunteers there is a risk that desperate people may be left without support.Victim Support was there when I needed them. So I'm calling on Londoners to give some time to answer calls and emails from victims of crime and make this essential lifeline available for everyone who needs it."
– Brooke Kinsella, actress and campaigner
Supportline volunteers are professionally trained to talk to victims of crime in confidence and anonymously. They provide information and emotional support over the phone and by email, and can help people get more intensive and face-to-face support if it is needed.
An anti-knife crime exhibition has been organised by ex-EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella MBE on Wednesday afternoon, in memory of her brother Ben Kinsella.
Brooke, 29, became the government knife-crime tsar, after 16-year-old Ben was stabbed to death four years ago in Islington, North London, as he celebrated the end of his GCSEs.
To raise awareness of the devastating effects of youth violence, the exhibition features a series of rooms and powerful imagery including huge collages of pictures of Ben growing up, his art and a letter he wrote on youth knife crime to the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.