Nick Barthram (left) is one of our Young Citizens and a regular volunteer at For Jimmy
There was such a great turnout at Sparkle, we received a lot of support from the community. I think people get behind the cause, because really, who doesn’t want peace? The atmosphere was so good that even though volunteers were given timeslots to work, we just stayed all day. (I was volunteering as a Marshal).
Even visitors lent a hand over the weekend, putting their handprints on Jimmy’s peace cloth, remembering Jimmy’s life and sharing the message of forgiveness, peace and hope. What happened to Jimmy seven years ago was tragic – but now, it makes people want to do something for their community.
Sparkle is just one of the fantastic events that I’m part of thanks to the team at For Jimmy. I got involved after seeing what a positive experience my older brother Charlie had.
He and I were both scouts growing up and he did a lot of community work. He was then nominated to join a fundraising trip to Nepal organised by For Jimmy. Not only did he raise more than £1200, he helped inspire me.
As a family, we always wanted to do something to give back and it just kind of grew. After taking part in a few community events, my mum joined the fundraising committee and we walked 21 Bridges (For Jimmy’s biggest fundraiser of the year). Now, I volunteer in my own right as part of Young Citizens For Jimmy.
I’m really excited about the next Sparkle – another great opportunity for our community to come together!