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Mizens pay tribute

3 December 2012

'The support of the fans was amazing'

Barry and Margaret Mizen have paid tribute to Millwall fans for the tremendous reception they received on Saturday and their ongoing support for the Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
Volunteers from the Foundation gave out wristbands and information leaflets at The Den on Saturday before the South London derby against Charlton and many supporters took the opportunity to write a message on the 'Wall of Hope' in the car park.
The players of both sides warmed up in commemorative T shirts which they signed and donated to the Foundation, and in Charlton's case, the charity set up in the name of Addicks fan Rob Knox who was killed in similarly violent and tragic circumstances to Jimmy Mizen.
The two managers signed the Foundation's 'Peace car' at the side of the pitch prior to kick-off, as did Lions legends Neil Harris and Paul Robinson, plus BBC Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin.
Speaking after the game, which finished 0-0, Margaret Mizen said: "I feel so proud. The support of the fans was amazing. It's a real family at Millwall and I'm glad to be part of it."
Her husband Barry added: "There are many preconceived ideas about Millwall, but there are a lot of very good people here. Millwall have realised what a force for good they and football can be, and hopefully others will follow their example in helping encouraging young people be part of a positve change in our society."
Finally, Nikki Walford, PA to Barry and Margaret at the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, thanked the supporters of both clubs for their generosity.
She said: "This wasn't a fund raising event, but so many fans insisted in making a donation for their wristbands.
When we counted the money up it came to £1,338.76. 
We are a charity and so this money is extremely welcome. We didn't want to ask people for a donation because we are aware how generous Millwall fans have already been, and particularly with Christmas coming up it is an expensive time for many.
So to raise that amount without even asking was incredible. Thank you so much, and thanks too to the Charlton fans who also contibuted."


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