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Donations buy minibus in tragic Jimmy's name

PUBLISHED: 17:18 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 25 August 2010

A FAMILY collecting money to buy a church minibus in memory of their slain son have reached their fundraising target.

A FAMILY collecting money to buy a church minibus in memory of their slain son have reached their fundraising target.

Barry Mizen, father of 16-year-old Jimmy, who was killed in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, on May 10, said the Jimmy Bus Appeal had reached its £20,000 target.

The money will be used to buy a minibus for the scout group operating from Our Lady and Lourdes Church, near the family home in Dallinger Road, Lee.

Mr Mizen, 56, owner of a shoe repair shop in High Street, Sidcup, said: "The support we've had from people here in Sidcup is amazing. It's as strong here as it is at home.

"People come in every day to see us and drop a few pounds off. We're now trying to decide whether we should continue raising money."

Times readers donated more than £500 towards the appeal by sending in cheques payable to 'The Jimmy Bus Appeal'.

Today Sparkle, a song in memory of the former St Thomas More pupil by his older brother Tommy, 26, and friend Antony Morgan, 27, was released on itunes.

Tragically, Tommy Mizen cradled his 6ft 4in brother in his arms as he bled to death from a slash to his neck at the Three Cooks bakery, just a few hundred yards from the family home.

His acoustic guitar and voice single was written as a testament to Mr Mizen's teenager's character and can also be brought from the family's Sidcup business. The release comes ahead of a rock concert, also called Sparkle, due to be held at the Astoria 2 in central London on October 11.

Aimed at teenagers, the night will include south east London bands Kids Love Lies, Edit/Select, Lewie, and Magda Sinit, and will be headlined by Tommy Mizen's band, Tested Material.

To buy £10 tickets for the Sparkle concert visit www.seetickets.com.

Jake Fahri, of Millborough Crescent, Lee, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jimmy Mizen at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old appeared via video link wearing an open necked white shirt, silver tie and blue jeans, and spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea.

Sitting with his wife Margaret, 55, dad Barry Mizen wiped tears from his eyes as Fahri entered his plea.

Judge Brian Barker QC set a trial date for March 11, 2009. The case is expected to last five weeks.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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