Patsy Mckie Pride of Manchester
In September 2019 MAV will celebrate 20 years of service to its local community and wider community. MAV were pleased to hear that Patsy Mckie would be one of the first people to receive this honour given by the Committee of The Pride of Manchester Awards. Patsy’s was honoured for being a founder member of Mothers Against Violence and for her continued service to the charity Mothers Against Violence and her community work which includes pastoral support at local college and community radio presenter. Patsy was given a Special Recognition Award for 20 years of service to the community 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 say praise the work of Patsy saying; reporting on violence is one thing but seeking to changing it after such loss takes remarkable courage.
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 many other Pride of Manchester Award winners, which 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 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 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.