West Derby community and MP Byrne launch fundraiser to commemorate murdered 9yo Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Residents raising funds for memorial park and community hub

Olivia Pratt-Korbel (family handout)

A Liverpool community is coming together to raise funds to create a local memorial park named after Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was tragically shot and killed aged nine when a gunman forced his way into her family’s home in the West Derby constituency last August.

The planned memorial park has the full support of Olivia’s family and is backed by local community groups, faith leaders and councillors. Local MP Ian Byrne is helping co-ordinate the project, bringing together members of the local community and working closely with local road safety charity The Bobby Colleran Trust.

The Bobby Colleran Trust was created to promote road safety after 6yo Bobby was killed in 2014 while walking home with his mum

In addition to a community green space for all to enjoy, plans for the memorial park include a road safety element, with mini roads and vehicles for children to use, plus real safety signs and signals as part of a wider road safety awareness scheme in the area.

Byrne said:

The aim of this wonderful project is to turn a piece of unloved land into a community green space, named in memory of Olivia and to benefit local children now and for future generations. The community here in Dovecot wants to honour Olivia and a memorial park in the heart of Olivia’s community seems a fitting way to do this.

Our local community has so many decent people and businesses wishing to be involved in this positive project following recent horrific events. The good people of Dovecot need to be heard and empowered and given the tools and resources to look after each other.

Adjacent to the site of the memorial park is a community hub known locally as The Bunker, situated on Kingsheath Avenue, where Olivia lived. Members of the local community are hoping to save the former Labour club from closure and have now produced plans to turn it into a multi-functional space where they will continue to offer a space for social gatherings, along with activities for local children including boxing, football, snooker and Judo.

The community hopes to commence work on the memorial park for Olivia as soon as possible. Members of the public can donate to the Olivia Pratt-Korbel memorial park via the online fundraising page and can also contact Byrne’s constituency office to offer time, tools and materials for the projects.

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1 comment

  1. Great idea.

    Even better would be to channel every cent of the recovered proceeds of crime from the local scum (nationwide basis) into things like this. Completely skint the rats…Cars…houses, right down to their gold teeth; and plough their ill-gotten back into the communities they have inflicted misery on.

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