A Hull woman who has been tirelessly campaigning to rid Hull’s streets of knives and blades has been given a special role in Eastenders.
Kayleigh’s life was changed June, 22 2015 when her younger brother, Rich, was stabbed to death by Daniel Flatley following a confrontation outside his home.
Since the campaign started, Kayleigh has been working with Eastenders to help them show the true extent of knife crime in their storyline in which character, Shakil Kazemi, was stabbed to death.
Now, she will play a role in the award-winning soap opera as the storyline reaches its climax at Shakil’s funeral.
She posted on her Facebook page on Thursday: “So we’re heading back to the BBC studios today to watch a pre-screening of tomorrow night’s Eastenders.
“After months, I can now finally reveal that myself and my Dad will play a small part in this episode and tomorrow night, viewers will see us stand alongside the cast and many other families who have tragically lost a loved one to knife crime.
“We are honoured to have been asked to take part in such a tribute and we have met some of the most exceptional people in doing so.
“In return, we get to take our #NoMoreKnives campaign to Walford.”
Kayleigh praised Eastenders for the way they have tackled the issue of knife crime across the country.
She said: “We are so very grateful for this opportunity. Please tune in to watch Eastenders tomorrow, FRIDAY 6th July, in honour of our loved ones.
“Richard Pepper 22.06.2015. ‘Don’t put them in a category that potentially makes us fear them – only cowards carry.'”
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