Welling United Director, Barry Hobbins, presented a cheque for £2,000 from the club’s share of the 2016 FA Community Fund to the charity set up in honour of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen.
Jimmy’s parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs received the cheque at Welling United’s Park View Road Stadium. The FA Community Fund gives funding to clubs to issue to charities if they qualified for the first round of the FA Cup, which Welling United did in 2016.
Since ‘For Jimmy’ was founded in 2009, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs, have dedicated their lives to creating a legacy a peace in Jimmy’s name, helping young people to fulfil their potential to create safer, more peaceful communities. They also continue to share Jimmy’s story in pupil referral units, prisons and community groups across the country.
“It is always a pleasure to help such a worthwhile and deserving cause like For Jimmy and we wish Barry and Margaret all the very best in continuing to help the young people within our community.”
Welling United Director, Barry Hobbins.
Key to For Jimmy’s work has been the introduction of Safe Havens, which are shops and businesses, identifiable by a sticker in the window, where young people feeling threatened or in danger can enter and the person in charge will agree to lock the door and call a parent, guardian or the police. These Safe Havens have helped to foster a sense of mutual care and responsibility between children and adults in the community.
The money donated will go towards creating more Safe Havens with young people in south-east London, helping to spread Jimmy’s legacy of peace.