Patsy Mckie Pride of Manchester
In September 2019 MAV will celebrate 20 years of service to its local community and the wider community. The Pride of Manchester Awards came to Manchester on 8th May 2019. MAV was pleased to hear that Patsy Mckie would be one of the first people to receive this honour. The awards were given by the Committee of Manchester Honorees which included The Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham. Patsy’s was honoured for a founder member of Mothers Against Violence and for her continued service to the charity Mothers Against Violence and her community. Patsy’s work includes pastoral support at a Manchester college and working as a community radio presenter. Patsy was given her Special Recognition Award by BBC Breakfast duo Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt who stayed up to present Patsy with her Pride of Manchester Award. Naga and Charlie used their time on stage to praise the work of Patsy they said; reporting on violence is one thing but seeking to change it after such loss takes remarkable courage. Patsy has worked for 20 years for the Manchester-based charity Mothers Against Violence.
The Manchester Evening News reported; After her son was shot dead amid spiralling gang violence in Manchester, Patsy set up ‘Mothers Against Violence’ to help keep other young people safe.
Patsy’s youngest son Dorrie was killed in August 1999, weeks before he was due to start a sports and leisure course at college. The 20-year-old was not directly involved in gangs and had never been in trouble with the police. Patsy set up Mothers Against Violence to support other mothers whose children were victims, or are at risk of gang violence, Mothers Against Violence is now in its twentieth year, and provides mentoring, educational awareness of gun and knife crime, counselling and support for young people to find work or start businesses.
Patsy was honoured with other Pride of Manchester Award winners, this included Bryn Hughes whose daughter PC Nicola Hughes was murdered in 2012. Bryn a former prison officer could have crumbled after his daughter’s murder, but he did not. Bryn launched the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, raising money with challenges such as the North Pole Marathon in 2014 and the New York Marathon in 2016. In 2019 Bryan is organising ‘A Run to Remember’. Bryn has already raised £300,000. Bryn and his family shared a table at the event with Patsy and her family and a good friend. Bryn and Patsy were able to share in the experience together. MAV paid tribute to PC Nicola Hughes and many other victims of murder on 14th July 2018 at the 10th anniversary year of MAV’s Annual Event Making Children and Young People Matter.