Mizen auction raises £7k for special bus

PUBLISHED: 15:16 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 25 August 2010

AN AUCTION held in memory of slain alter boy Jimmy Mizen has raised more than £7,000 for a community minibus.

AN AUCTION held in memory of slain alter boy Jimmy Mizen has raised more than £7,000 for a community minibus.

Sports and music memorabilia including a signed 1966 England World Cup Squad photo were sold for bargain prices at Sidcup Snooker Club, in High Street, Sidcup, last Saturday.

The £7,250 raised by the Sparkle Auction will go towards a 'Jimmy Bus' community minibus for Sidcup churches, scouts and other groups to use.

Jimmy Mizen was killed near his home in Lee the day after his 16th birthday last May.

His mother, Margaret Mizen, said: "We were amazed by how much was raised in one night, especially with today's economic crises. The atmosphere was really good too.

"It's surprising how these kind of events can help you through your loss."

Members of Sidcup Rugby Club, who played with Jimmy and his brothers, bid £1,500 for a framed pair of Elton John's golden-threaded Versace boxer shorts.

Richard Day, 21, from Swanley, bid for the club and also spent £600 on lots including a grey Hugo Boss suit with a Chelsea emblem - once owned by Frank Lampard.

He said: "The pants seemed like a good buy at the time. They're going to go up in the club bar."

A pair of VIP tickets for V Festival were sold for £600, while the 1966 England squad photo reached £300.

Memorabilia was donated for auction by Dan Haselden, owner of the snooker club.

He said: "This is something that is close to my heart. My youngest son is the same age and I can't imagine how that must feel.

"I'm happy it's all for a good cause and for such nice, lovely people."

The auction was organised by Phil Cone, a friend of Mr Mizen's eldest brother, Danny, who works in the family's shoe repair shop in High Street, Sidcup.

Last October Anthony Morgan, another friend of the Mizen family, raised thousands of pounds for a minibus in Lewisham by organising a concert at the Astoria 2, central London.

Jake Farhi is due to appear at the Old Bailey charged with Mr Mizen's murder on March 2.

l To donate to the Jimmy Bus appeal send cheques to 'Jimmy Mizen Bus Appeal', Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 45B Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, London SE12 0AE.

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