Mother who set up foundation in memory of her son, Godwin Lawson, congratulated by David Cameron for hard work

Picture tweeted by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois with Yvonne Lawson outside 10 Downing Street

Picture tweeted by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois with Yvonne Lawson outside 10 Downing Street

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An Enfield woman who set up a foundation in memory of her son has been congratulated for her endeavours during a trip to 10 Downing Street.

Yvonne Lawson lost her 17-year-old son Godwin in March 2010 when he was stabbed in Amhurst Park, London.

Following his death, Mrs Lawson set up the Godwin Lawson Foundation, which aims to tackle knife crime amongst adolescents and covert them into leaders for good.

A promising footballer, Godwin was an academy player at professional side Oxford United and the foundation also uses football to cut anti-social behaviour.

Having hosted football tournaments in Tottenham and a leadership training programme at Godwin’s old school, St Ignatius in Turkey Street, Enfield, Mrs Lawson has been recognised for her achievements by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mrs Lawson said: "Our lives feel empty without Godwin, but the foundation has kept me going and when I received a letter from Downing Street, I was overwhelmed."

The founder of the foundation had been nominated by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois and joined other charity leaders who had been invited to attend.

Mrs Lawson added: "It was humbling to think that all the hard work we have been putting in to try and drive young people away from knife crime, hasn’t gone unnoticed.

"It was lovely to meet the Prime Minister and he was very genuine and passionate about what our charity does."

The foundation has organised another football tournament on August 30, following last year’s success and Mrs Lawson is hoping that their leadership programme can be rolled out across all schools.

She said: "We had a lot of success with our peace ambassadors programme at St Ignatius and we have been working hard to try and see our programme made accessible across the borough.

"All children should have the chance to go through our programme and help steer them away from knife crime."

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