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Trying to raise money for award
(From the left) Cheryl Shaw, Charlene Ellis, Sophie Ellis, and Letisha Shakespeare
(From the left) Cheryl Shaw, Charlene Ellis, Sophie Ellis, and Letisha Shakespeare at a new years eve party in 2002.

The grandparents of Northampton's Letisha Shakespeare who died in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham are trying to raise funds for an education award in her memory.

Vincent and May Shakespeare's granddaughter died in January 2003.

The murders of Letisha and Charlene, aged 17 and 18, were the result of a violent feud between the Johnson Crew and the Burger Bar Boys.

"It was a shock to lose my Tisha at such a young age," said May.

We are trying to do our bit as grandparents to help keep the memory of our grand daughter alive
May Shakespeare

Innocent victims of a gang war, Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis were simply standing too close to the intended targets of the shooting.

The Letisha & Charlene Education Award (LCEA) was formed in memory of the two girls in 2006.

"There are so many people caught up in gang culture and even more who lose loved ones because of it. We thought this fund would help get people out of gang life and realise there are better things out there for them," said May.

The award offers £3,000 to help young people in need of financial support to further their education.

Vincent and May Shakespeare
Vincent and May Shakespeare grandparents of Letisha Shakespeare

So far the education award has helped 50 people with course fees, textbooks, accommodation, travel expenses and childcare, but more funding is needed to help the project grow.

"We are trying to do our bit as grandparents to help keep the memory of our granddaughter alive and help those in need," said May.

Sponsored runs will be talking place to raise funds as well as street campaigning in Northampton.

"Even if it's a small amount of money you have to donate, think about all the people you'll be helping. These children are our future and we have to help them," said May.

If you are interested in donating to The Letisha & Charlene Education Awards then contact Yvonne Palmer on: 0121 322 5560 or visit www.letishaandcharlene.com




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