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Remembering Jimmy Mizen

21 February 2015

Millwall proud to host third annual 'Jimmy's Day'

This Saturday, when Millwall host Fulham, The Lions will again proudly link up with Barry and Margaret Mizen MBEs in support of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation to celebrate the third annual 'Jimmy's Day' here at The Den.

Lions fan Jimmy, 16, was the victim of an unprovoked violent attack in Lee, South London on 10th May 2008 in which he lost his life.

Since then, his parents and wider family have devoted themselves to work for peace and reconciliation through The Jimmy Mizen Foundation, receiving international recognition for their efforts and being awarded MBEs.

Lions chairman John Berylson said: "It is always a pleasure to see Barry and Margaret Mizen at The Den, and especially so when it gives us another opportunity to celebrate the life of Jimmy and to help his family spread their message of love and restitution in his name.

"Fortunately, most of us have never been in the situation of having to deal with the murder of a loved one, but I'm sure, like me, you have wondered just how you would react to such a tragic situation.

"In Barry and Margaret's case, they have created something positive out of the negative of Jimmy's death by setting up The Jimmy Mizen Foundation which works to create a legacy of peace and make young people safer.

"I know Barry and Margaret's faith has been a great strength and support for them, and they, in turn, have been a tremendous inspiration for many of us."

Barry and Margaret Mizen added: "We are always made to feel so welcome whenever we visit The Den. This year we decided to focus the day on our young people. To this end, each player from both teams will be escorted by a young person from the Millwall Community Trust who will all be wearing a 'Jimmy's Day' t-shirt.

"Our young people are at the heart of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation; from volunteering or work experience in one of our cafes, to being part of our Fundraising Team or Young Citizens.

"We feel that Millwall have shown immense support and compassion to us as a family since Jimmy's death and this is our way of giving something back to the fans and everyone at the club."

There will be no fundraising collection on the day as Barry and Margaret believe Millwall fans have been massively generous already.

However, for those who wish to support The Foundation in any way they would welcome contact through the website www.thejimmymizenfoundation.tumblr.com or email nikki.walford@jimmymizen.org

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