Hull charity to take to the road in new minibus to spread message about impact of one-punch attacks

One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire has a new minibus in the livery of the charity
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A charity set up to raise awareness around the risk of one punch attacks and the devastation they can cause has been given a triple boost.

One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire, founded after the tragic death of Scott Akester in 2022, has benefitted from the generosity of two fundraising challenges. It has also seen the launch of a charity minibus, provided with funds from Hull City Council and wrapped in the livery of the organisation.

The charity will be taking the bus out on the road to local events and parks across the summer, raising awareness and speaking to people about changing behaviour and “keeping everyone safe”.

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One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire was launched in 2023 by Debbie, Steve and Naomi, Scott’s mum and dad and partner. Their hope is to raise awareness around the risks of one punch assaults and the devastation they cause for families and friends affected by such a crime.

The recent fundraisers took the form of two charity walks, the first of which was led by Charlie Walden and Ben Lockyer, who walked from Chesterfield to Hull over two days, covering 75 miles and raising £1,500. The lads first met the charity’s founders through their work as journalists.

Presentation of the proceeds of one of the charity walks that has taken place for One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire
Presentation of the proceeds of one of the charity walks that has taken place for One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire -Credit:onepunchhull.com

They were impressed by the passion of the family and their commitment to the charity, even though they had all been through so much since losing Scott. Charlie said: “We wanted to challenge ourselves by completing a long walk for a charity and when I met the family through my work, and saw the passion they had to help others, change behaviours and saving lives by raising awareness in their local community, I wanted to help out and support them.”

Two more charity walkers were Jamie Webb and Shaun Price, local lads who first contacted One Punch Hull & East Yorkshire shortly after it became a registered charity. They walked from Newcastle to Hull, 130 miles over five days, completing the marathon hike at the weekend.

The pair were supported by their workplace, KCS Cleaning Ltd, with managing director Sean Carrison walking the last two days with them. The effort by all involved brought in a total of £2,500.

Naomi said: “It is a great achievement - hats off to them as the weather wasn’t on their side this week – a fantastic amount of money has been raised for our charity.”

Steve said: “The monies raised this week by all these lads has been amazing and will help us continue the work we are doing in the charity. We now have an office set up where we hold regular meetings and is a place where we can meet anyone affected by one punch attacks to offer them support and advice, as we know first-hand how traumatic it is to lose a loved one in such circumstances.

“We have also recently received funding from Hull City Council to purchase a minibus for our charity and this week it was wrapped in our charity colours, which allows us to raise awareness around Hull and East Yorkshire, wherever we go. We will be taking our bus to local events, and parks across the summer raising awareness and speaking to everyone about changing behaviours and keeping everyone safe.”

The charity has been taking its talk around schools and colleges across Hull and East Yorkshire, speaking to children and young people about what has happened to them as a family, since losing Scott, the impact throwing a needless punch for no reason can have on families and friends, and talking about avoiding getting into a situation where they are at risk of harm. They ask everyone to Stop, Think and Walk Away, helping to change behaviours and save lives.

Debbie said: “The more people know about our story, the more they will understand the risks and understand it’s ok to walk away and keep everyone safe.” To find out more about the charity, find “one punch hull” on Facebook or visit the website.