A MUM who has campaigned tirelessly to ban glass bottles after her son’s face was slashed is set to take on the House of Commons after reaching the milestone of 100,000 supporters.
Marjorie Golding almost lost her son Blake when he was attacked with broken glass while working as a doorman at a city club on Christmas Day 2004.
She promptly launched the POP website, complete with shocking images of Blake’s injuries and an online petition to urge the Government to ban drinking glasses and bottles from late night clubs in busy areas all over the country.
The new law would mean drinks could only be served in polycarbonate glasses and squeezable plastic bottles.
Over the years Marjorie has gathered support from doctors, police officers, judges and politicians. But her milestone was always to get 100,000 signatures on the POP petition – enough to enable her to address Parliament.
The latest surge of success rose, sadly, from another glass bottle tragedy which this week made national headlines.
BlackBerry phone company executive Phillip Sherriff died after his neck was slashed with broken glass while watching Jessie J perform at a celebrity-studded corporate concert in London seven months ago.
A 26-year-old man is currently on trial for murder at the Old Bailey.
Marjorie, from Newport Pagnell, was contacted by Mr Sheriff’s 34-year-old widow Jane, who had set up her own polycarbonate campaign called BottleStop.
“We decided to join forces. The campaign reached Facebook, where there is a dedicated page for BottleStop with a link to the POP petition, From then it just went crazy – thousands of people were signing the petition every day,” she said.
Marjorie and Jane are planning to hand over the petition to 10, Downing Street when the court case is over. They are hoping MP’s all over the country will support their cause as soon as the matter reaches Parliament.
“We’re just two mums fighting for what we know is right. Thousands of people are injured from glasses and bottles and experiments have shown that switching to polycarbonates drastically reduces the workload of doctors and hospitals treating these injuries,” said Marjorie.
“We need to make this law as soon as possible before any more lives are ruined or any more victims die.”