Merton congratulates Spirit of London champion

Merton Council has praised the efforts and achievements of 19-year-old Merton resident Alexander Rose following his appointment as an official ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards.

Alexander, well known for his innovative “STOP Gun and Knife Crime” campaign, which aims to get young people out of violence and into positive pathways for the future, was awarded the title at the Spirit of London Awards evening last Friday 27 November, which was attended by the Mayor of Merton.

Organised by the Damilola Taylor Trust, this is the first annual Spirit of London Awards event to take place. The awards celebrate and give recognition to young Londoners who have made extraordinary achievements in their local communities.

The awards were judged by celebrities including Leona Lewis, Tim Campbell from The Apprentice, Ali Bastian from Strictly Come Dancing and Olympic athlete Christine Ohoruogu as well as high ranking politicians while the crowd entertainment was provided by music artists including Speech Debelle and well-known group, JLS.

Gary Trowsdale, Executive Director of the Spirit of London Awards Said: ‘Alexander Rose is the epitome of the kind of young person the awards programme has been modelled on. We were proud to have him close the inaugural awards show on Friday night with a short speech based on the poem that Damilola Taylor wrote shortly before his death 9 years ago to the day on November 27th. The Awards programme has touched a lot of young people with 3,500 young people nominated, mainly on a peer to peer basis which disproves the theory the young people don’t respect each other.’

Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Alexander’s campaign to tackle youth violence has reached out to young people across the entire nation, not just in Merton. His passion, enthusiasm and genuine commitment to bringing about positive opportunities for young people is an inspiration to us all.

“Our congratulations go out to Alexander on his appointment with the Spirit of London awards. We are proud that his positive efforts are helping to steer young people away from the dangers of knife and gun crime.”


Alexander Rose is well known for his innovative “STOP Gun and Knife Crime” campaign which reaches out to young people across Britain. For more information about the campaign visit

For more information about the Spirit of London Awards visit