“They really rally for young adults”

I first walked 21 Bridges last year and enjoyed it immensely. The opportunity to share Jimmy’s story was the reason I wanted to walk. It’s a powerful story that needs to be spread far and wide.

My Dad, Barry Kitchener, who played for Millwall Football Club sadly passed away in 2012. Back then, myself and five friends cycled from my home in Norfolk to the Den in 24 hours to raise money for Oesophageal Cancer research and a local cancer charity. That’s when I founded The Big Kitch Appeal. Through the challenge and fundraising, I became friends with a lot of Millwall fans and was made aware of For Jimmy through Terry Reese. Although I knew of the story from the media, I wasn’t aware of the charity until then. So when we decided on another challenge in 2015 to walk the Yorkshire three peaks for the Big Kitch Appeal, one of our beneficiaries was For Jimmy.

The courage and determination that the Mizen family exuded is beyond my respect and amazement and I wanted to be a part of that.

I’ve been so inspired by the Mizen family. Firstly, to be faced with something so cruel and life changing as the Mizen family has done with the loss of Jimmy, and to look to make something good out of that was such a commendable and amazing thing to do. Out of my father’s passing, I felt I had to focus on something good to come out of a very sad time for myself. The courage and determination that the Mizen family exuded is beyond my respect and amazement and I wanted to be a part of that.

Secondly, I believe that the youth of today, in some areas of the country as well as the capital, are not given the chance in life that some of their counterparts are. For Jimmy really rallies for the young adults and in some cases gives them a chance they may not have had before.

Join Nicole Kitchener walking for Jimmy on 2nd July here.

21 Bridges began back in 2013 as a way of celebrating what would have been Jimmy’s 21st Birthday. We invite hundreds of our supporters to join us walking 21 of London’s bridges from Richmond to Tower Bridge, raising money to help us continue and further our work with schools and communities across London and the UK.
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