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PUBLISHED: 18:36 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

THE father of slain teenager Jimmy Mizen has revealed plans to set up a youth charity in memory of his son.

THE father of slain teenager Jimmy Mizen has revealed plans to set up a youth charity in memory of his son.

Barry Mizen, 56, of Dallinger Road, Lee, has received £30,000 in donations towards a church minibus since his son Jimmy was killed at a bakery near the family home on May 10. Sparkle, a concert held in Jimmy's memory at the Astoria 2 raised more than £6,000 for the 'Jimmy Bus Appeal' on October 11 through the sale of 900 tickets.

The appeal has also received around £25,000 through donations, including one anonymous gift of £5,000.

Mr Mizen said: "We've been overwhelmed by the support and donations we've received from all over the country, and so we want to reflect that in how we use the money.

"Now we want to start 'Jimmy Bus' as a charity for young peoples' projects, probably under a different name.

"We would like it if the charity could go to different areas and ask how it could help fund youth work. We feel we want to do something for the Sidcup area, especially for the huge response we have had there. The outpour of feeling towards our family has been fantastic."

Mr Mizen, owner of the shoe menders' in High Street, Sidcup, hopes the Sparkle concert can be repeated next year on a larger scale.

The O2 and parks in south-east London were cited as possible locations for an outdoor concert and Mr Mizen hopes to win support from Millwall FC and Lewisham council.

He said: "We just want people to come together and have a good time, just as we would like to see the whole of society do. People seem to be allowing violence and intimidation to happen because it doesn't seem to affect them. But eventually it does as we found out very painfully." Tomorrow a Sparkle fundraising night is to be held at O'Neill's in Tranquil Vale, Blackheath, with all proceeds going to the Jimmy Bus appeal.

Jobless Jake Fahri, 19, from Lee, denies murdering Mr Mizen and is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on March 11.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk


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