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”

Niven Rennie
Violence Reduction Unit Director

“I was delighted to speak at the 18th anniversary memorial lecture and even more delighted to now have Scottish VRU join the “Hope collective” behind this campaign. Hope is a vital ingredient in public health approach so what a wonderful way to honour Damilola’s legacy”

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

Flashback to when an old King @themichaelcaine shone brightly and a young King from Merton shone even brighter @Alex_Rose_1 https://youtu.be/Y_aFYxPj0TI #TeamSpirit #TrueFace #LondonTogether

Great to see my old friend Chief Inspector Andy Briers @metpoliceuk seconded to @PrincesTrust joining the @HopeCollective2 planning meeting yesterday https://www.standard.co.uk/homeless-fund/cop-gives-the-homeless-a-roof-over-their-heads-a4335791.html This is what a top human being looks like!! #Hope2021

Definitely this! Great first meeting with @HopeCollective2 ... brilliant ideas, enthusiastic, passionate individuals that together will make positive long lasting changes for our young people’s futures 💙 #dayofhope2021 #uplifting #brightfuture #youngpeoplehavetheanswer https://twitter.com/garytrowsdale/status/1365554002730041345

“Poverty isn’t black or white. It doesn’t have a colour” @karynmccluskey #ChangeTheConversation

“Poverty isn’t black or white. It doesn’t have a colour” @karynmccluskey #ChangeTheConversation

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