day, where they watched football together andfooled around.‘He was a good guy who had gone down thewrong path in life, because that is what happensto boys around here,’ Getride says.Three weeks after Henrywas killed, Getride waswalking home from schoolwhen her elder sister Daniellecalled to say that another boyshe knew, 18-year-old art anddesign student LouisBoduka, had been stabbedand killed just a few hundredyards away from the scene of Henry’s death. ‘You hearabout street stabbings, butyou never think it is going to happen so close tohome,’ Getride says. ‘Then, after Henry andLouis died, everyone was asking: “What arethe police doing about it?” But I started to think,“What are we doing? It’s down to all of us totake responsibility for what is happening.”’With her best friend Mildred Edoukou, Getridedecided to launch Breakin’ the Cycle – aground-breaking campaign to halt knife crime.Through school assemblies, they addressed theirfellow pupils about the futility and dangers of gang culture. ‘We talked to everyone about Henryand Louis as real people, rather than remotevictims,’ says Getride. ‘We explained what theirfamilies had said about them at their funerals.They weren’t born bad, but they were sucked intogang culture because, around here, they couldn’tsee any alternative.’Getride and Mildred’s thought-provokingwork, which also included distributing signatureT-shirts and key rings, has now been recognisedby a Diana Award. ‘These girls demonstrated notonly how to pursue a better path, but also how tobecome positive leaders of tomorrow,’ said the judges in their award citation.
Getride and Mildred is the strength of the bondbetween them. Both are 18 and come fromfamilies that have been hit by hardship. Getride,the youngest of six children, lost her 48-year-oldfather to a brain haemorrhage seven years ago.Her mother doesn’t work and they live on
parents are separated – her taxi driver father livesin South London, her mother works in Tesco.
Hannah, who nominated Getride and Mildred
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