Cut and pasted from the OBV website:
It has been a long 18 years for the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence in their fight for justice and to find those responsible for his death.
Two men, Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 34, are set to stand trial next month for Stephen's murder at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993.
It has been a tough journey for Stephen's family, who have fought tirelessly over the years to not only bring his killers to justice, but also preserve the memory of their son, who was 18 years old when he died.
The Stephen Lawrence Trust was formed in 1998 with a commitment to help young people from diverse, disadvantaged backgrounds to help them break social and economic barriers to pursue a career in architecture and urban design, Stephen's chosen career path. The Trust has awarded nearly 100 bursaries and seen eight "Stephens" qualify as architects.
And now Doreen Lawrence has launched a new campaign on the 18th anniversary of her son's death, aiming to raise £1m over the next 12 months to help disadvantaged young people to achieve their dreams - the 18:18 Access and Opportunity Fund.
Mrs Lawrence said,
"We know that other professions are under-represented so we just want to see how we can support young people to get into other professions such as law, finance, media, and in order to do that we need to raise as much funds as possible."
Stephen's parents are a shining example of how it is (just about) possible to take a real tragedy in your life and create something positive off the back of it. Frances Lawrence is another example.
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