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Millwall to host annual 'Jimmy's Day' this Friday

Lions to wear warm-up T-shirts and more...

18 April 2018

Millwall welcome Fulham to a sold-out Den in the Sky Bet Championship this Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm) - and the visit of The Whites will see the club host the annual 'Jimmy's Day', in memory of Jimmy Mizen.

Lions fan Jimmy was tragically murdered in Lee, London on 10th May 2008, aged just 16.

Since Jimmy’s death, Barry and Margaret, supported by the whole family, have dedicated themselves to working for peace and reconciliation through the charity set up in his name, ‘For Jimmy’. They continue to travel the country (and even abroad), giving talks in schools, advising opinion formers and policy makers, and promoting a message of hope, whilst never ceasing to look for the good in young people.

Bucket collections will be held around the ground prior to kick-off at Friday's televised game, whilst Millwall's squad will wear special 'For Jimmy' T-shirts during the warm-up brandishing the slogan 'Forgiveness, peace and hope' across them.

Barry will also address the crowd before the match gets underway.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, Barry looked ahead to this Friday, praising Lions fans and the club for their support over the last decade.

"For us, it's great to be down The Den again. It's a chance to thank the fans. We love this club," he said. 

"They have been such a support to us since our Jimmy was killed. We're really looking forward to Friday. I'm so glad the club was recognised as EFL Family Club of the Year last season. It was richly deserved. The community spirit and the importance of family to the Millwall fans sets this club apart from other teams.

"There’s a uniqueness just around the fans themselves. We’ve got something other clubs haven’t got. The changes we're looking for in society are not going to come from the government or police, they will come from within the community. This club leads the way in community spirit. We would love to get this on a bigger stage."

"We're losing far too many young people, so making this stand with Millwall will hopefully make the young people listen," Margaret added. 

"I'd love this message to be spread all across the country to all the football clubs. Young people look up to footballers - it's certainly the case at this club. There's a lot of work to be done but we must be determined and not give up."

Millwall FC and Millwall Community Trust will continue to work in partnership with ‘For Jimmy’ by supporting and investing in local young people through a number of community development programmes throughout the year.

Through programmes such as Millwall Premier League Kicks, which is locally invested and supported by Youth First and Southwark Youth and Play, Millwall Community Trust (MCT) provide free weekly football coaching sessions in a number of different locations throughout the London boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark in all different types of settings such as youth clubs, housing estate ball courts, leisure centres and sports grounds.

MCT engage with over 1,700 young people aged 8-19 through constructive activities and through playing football, but also provide a number of young people with mentoring and volunteering support and working towards being FA qualified football coaches. MCT also provide educational and employability with sport programmes to make learning and employment assessable for everyone in the community.

A football tournament for young people in Lewisham and Southwark will also be held in the summer to mark the 10-year anniversary of Jimmy Mizen's sad passing.

For more information about the work Millwall Community Trust do, call 020 7740 0503 or email enquiries@millwallcommunity.org.uk.

Furthermore, the annual 'Walking For Jimmy' is to be held on 26th May 2018. Jimmy's friends, family and hundreds of 'For Jimmy' supporters will walk across 21 of London's bridges from Richmond to Tower Bridge. 'Walking For Jimmy' is a great event bringing people together and raising funds for a vital cause. 

There are three routes to choose from, all ending at Tower Bridge, with the shortest route being family friendly. 

There will be an after event reception at PwC More London by Tower Bridge, where the walkers will be pampered after walking almost as long a route as a marathon. For more information and to sign up, please visit forjimmy.org or follow @forjimmyHQ on Twitter.

To donate, text JIMM16£5 to 70070.


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