Supporting the Mizen Foundation's work for peace
On Saturday, when Millwall take on Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship, we will once again be celebrating 'Jimmy's Day' at The Den.
Jimmy Mizen's story has now been well documented, a young Lions fan whose life was tragically ended at the age of just 16 through an act of senseless violence in 2008.
Since then, Jimmy's family have worked tirelessly to be a force for peace and seeking the good in young people, all in Jimmy's name.
His parents, Barry and Margaret, were recently awarded MBE's for their work with young people in London, and the Jimmy Mizen Foundation goes from strength to strength, opening cafes, purchasing 'Jimmybuses' for community use, setting up a 'Release the Peace' flagship programme in schools and this summer they are planning a music and arts festival on Blackheath in August.
On Saturday, the Mizen family will again be joined by Colin and Sally Knox, the parents of young Charlton fan Robbie, who died in similar circumstances to Jimmy shortly afterwards.
There will be a bucket collection around The Den on Saturday to raise money for the Jimmy Mizen Foundation which funds the projects listed above, and special commemorative wrist bands will be available.
Both teams will warm up in Jimmy Mizen Foundation t-shirts produced specifically for the event, which will be signed by the players and given to fans in the crowd.
Looking forward to Saturday, Barry Mizen says: "It’s always great to be welcomed at The Den, and even more so when it’s to remember our Jimmy on 'Jimmy’s Day'.
"The last five and a half years have not been easy that’s for sure. On the night Jimmy died Margaret made him two promises; to never let his name be forgotten, and to work for peace, both of which we are doing through The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
"Jimmy was a fine young man, a gentle giant as he was known by his friends. Although still only a teenager he towered above most of his siblings, standing at 6ft 4 inches!
"Millwall always played a special part in his life – he, his brother Harry and I frequently went to cheer on The Lions."