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Stephen Lawrence Trust 18:18 education campaign launch

Doreen Lawrence
Image caption Doreen Lawrence said the trust will help prepare young people to enter the job market

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence will launch a campaign to raise money to provide education support for young people.

Doreen Lawrence said the 18:18 campaign will raise money for employability programmes to help young people into "under-represented professions".

The campaign has been named to mark 18 years since the 18-year-old's death.

Stephen, an aspiring architect, was killed in an attack in April 1993 in Eltham, south-east London.

The trust, based in Lewisham, has been helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in studying architecture since it was set up in 1998.

The 18:18 campaign will be formally launched at a fundraising event at London Zoo on 20 October.

'Job ready'

Mrs Lawrence said: "The campaign is trying to raise enough funds so that we can support as many young people like Stephen as possible.

"Stephen was 18 when he died and its 18 years since his death, so we want to broaden the work that we do.

"We are looking at other professions that are under-represented within our community... the likes of law and in the financial industry."

The money raised will go towards running various programmes for young people by helping them with their CVs and getting them "job ready".

Singer Annie Lennox has already pledged her support to the campaign, the trust said.

Two men are due to stand trial for Stephen's murder.

Gary Dobson, 35, and David Norris, 34, are accused of killing the teenager at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April 1993.

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