Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Charity Launch in Memory of One-Punch Attack Victim

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Charity Launch in Memory of One-Punch Attack Victim

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

ONE-PUNCH attack victim Kristian Thompson's family have launched a PS75,000 fundraising plea to cut further assaults.

The 19-year-old died 10 months after he was assaulted with a single blow as he enjoyed a night out with friends in 2010.

Since his death, Kristian's mum Maxine has fought to bring further charges against her son's attacker, who was handed a 28-month jail term.

And now - as the family await the result of a legal bid to overturn an inquest ruling which said the assault didn't cause his death - they have launched a charity in Kristian's name.

Loved ones hope to raise PS75,000 for Kristian's Journey, which will support One Punch UK United - who raise the awareness of one-punch attacks.

Maxine is hoping the cash can fund an education programme for schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to educate people about the consequences of a single blow.

The 49-year-old, of Burnopfield, County Durham, said: "I'm hoping if people listen to some reallife stories, like Kristian's, then it will show people the consequences of their actions. Hopefully by telling Kristian's story people will think more about their actions.

"Young kids are brought up around violence these days with computer games and cartoons and often around alcohol.

"If we tell them what happened to Kristian then hopefully it will make them think twice about throwing a punch."

Maxine hopes the campaign can support victims of one-punch violence, as well as their friends and family.

The scheme will also work alongside the alcohol harm reduction teams and groups who fight against alcohol and drug violence.

Maxine added: "We believe if we start early in schools, educating children about what one punch can do, we know it will make a difference.

"Kristian's Journey believe they have the experience to make a difference with the OnePunchUK campaign."

Kristian died in the shower of a Northampton hospital.

He was felled in an unprovoked attack while out with friends at Consett's K2 nightclub in September 2010. …

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