10 year old Damilola Taylor dreamed of being a Doctor. Shortly before his untimely death on 27th November 2000 he wrote of his hope to change the World. The 20th anniversary campaign is dedicated to young people and their aspirational stories of ambition and hope. The kind of young person Damilola was turning into.

Richard Taylor

“Twenty years have passed but the memories are still vivid and the pain is still raw. It gives me great pride though that so many organisations are supporting this campaign to shine a light on the kind of positive young person Dami was turning into himself”

John Sentamu
Archbishop York

“It was a tragedy that shook the World. Damilola lives on in the work and inspiration of the charitable Trust started to honour his memory. I was proud to be asked to preside over the anniversary memorial service at Southwark Cathedral on November 27th when I hope to meet many of the young people highlighted through this campaign”

Rio Ferdinand

“I remember the impact the death of Damilola had on Peckham and on society. Twenty years on I am delighted that my own foundation is working with the Damilola Taylor Trust and the Hope Collective helping to shape this memorial campaign. It is important we change the narrative around young people and offer support and pathways to allow them to shape a positive future and fulfil their potential. ”


Hope 2020 is a campaign shining light on the positive contributions of young people. Inspired by the philosophy of the public health approach to reducing violence affecting young people. Hope is a vital ingredient especially in our most socially challenged communities. Relationships are key to supporting young people and we are delighted to have such a broad church of contributing partners supporting the campaign.

Ambassadors of hope

Individual stories of everyday young people. Their hopes and aspirations. Advocated by campaign partner orgs

of hope

Page dedicated to opportunities for young people to engage with


All of the organisations who have come together to support this 20th anniversary legacy campaign

Looking forward to announcing @HopeCollective2 plans for UK DAY OF HOPE December 7th 2021 real soon. Our friends at @UKYouth been working very hard! #DayOfHope2021

We're really proud to be part of the @HopeCollective2

A group of amazing organisations and individuals all working towards the same goal - to change the narrative around #youngpeople and inspiring #hope across the UK.

Thanks for having us! 💫 https://twitter.com/TaylorOBE/status/1389616356245508096

Music against racism is proud to support @HopeCollective2 We can all hope to see an end to the racism blighting society. The more we work on our Hope the better!! #EducateOutRacism #ChangingTheConversation #DayOfHope2021

The support of @UKYouth and @NCSTrust has been magnificent and we thank @Ndidi1st and new @NCS CEO Mark Gifford for the huge commitment. So many wonderful people now involved but with @riofoundation and @rioferdy5 it’s family so they always in the frame! ❤️ #DayOfHope2021

@andygeorgeni @HopeCollective2 @HopeCollective2 walking their talk👌🏽👏🏽Great seeing you virtually @andygeorgeni 😊

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