It hardly seems possible that twenty-five years have passed since Stephen Lawrence was so cruelly taken from his family.  I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at his senseless murder, a feeling shared by so many people across this country and beyond.

I remember, too, just how deeply moved I was by the determination of Stephen's family to build something positive from the tragedy they endured and to ensure that Stephen's story did not end with despair, but continued with hope.

A quarter of a century later, we can only imagine the man who Stephen would have become, and just how his extraordinary potential might have been fulfilled.  Stephen’s family have honoured the promise of his life with everything that they have done in his name – the change they have brought about, and the remarkable things they have achieved.

As you remember Stephen, and mourn what has been lost, it is my special hope that you might all find some comfort in knowing just how much there is to be thankful for – in Stephen’s life and in all that it has inspired.