This letter from Barry & Margaret is taken from Issue Two of Stories For Jimmy released in September.
We can’t believe it’s been four months since we wrote our first letter to you in issue one of Stories For Jimmy. Since finishing last year’s schools programmes there’s been little time to rest and prepare for the next academic year. We’ve climbed Ben Nevis, walked 21 Bridges and brought the community of Ladywell together once again for our Sparkle event last month – just in time to start another year in schools.
Thank you to each and every one of you for the continued support you show us. It always touches our hearts to see how after seven years, people are still remembering Jimmy and supporting his legacy. After a fantastic academic year, we’re really pleased to have been invited back to those schools and can’t wait to start with their wonderful pupils. We’re always inspired by the young people that we meet, and we will never give up our promise to Jimmy, that his legacy is one of peace.
This second edition of Stories For Jimmy continues to celebrate all the wonderful people we’ve worked with in the last few months. You may notice that we have shortened our new name to just ‘For Jimmy’. When people ask us why, we tell them that’s who we’ve always been.
As well as our programmes in Lewisham, this year we will also be working with schools in the London Borough of Southwark to bring Safe Havens to their local high streets. The launch of our online resources pilot will also help spread Safe Havens across the country. It’s really exciting for us to enable schools across the country to carry out their own social action projects within their local communities. Although launching a project of this size is quite nerve wracking, we feel it’s the right move for us to spread Jimmy’s legacy further. It’s so important that young people are taken beyond the school gates, so that they can lead change in their own local communities.
Our continued work with parish confirmation groups was so heartwarming last year. We visited around 20 groups and are pleased to be booking more for the year ahead. We’re also touched every time we are asked to speak at faith conferences, events, and of course faith schools. It’s so humbling for us to know that people want to hear our message of forgiveness, peace and hope across the UK.
Lastly, we are really excited to be working with Volunteer Police Cadets, Fire Cadets, our local scout groups and Youth United - look out for a special feature on our work with uniformed youth groups in Issue Three.
Once again, thank you for all your love and support. We hope you enjoy reading about everything we’re doing For Jimmy. If you’re inspired by anything in this magazine, please do get in touch. We’d love for you to join us in our mission of making young people safer, and our vision of creating a world where a young person can go into their local shop and always come back home. Because Jimmy didn’t.
Much love, Barry and Margaret xxx
You can read the online version of Stories For Jimmy here.