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Parents of Jimmy Mizen visit London South East Colleges to support its 'Stay Safe' campaign

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 June 2018

Margaret and Barry Mizen with students. Picture: London South East Colleges

Margaret and Barry Mizen with students. Picture: London South East Colleges

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The parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen have been visiting London South East College's campuses in Bexley and Bromley, in support of the college's Stay Safe this Summer Campaign.

Margaret and Barry Mizen’s son Jimmy was attacked 10 years ago in Greenwich on May 10 2008, just one day after his 16th birthday.

Jimmy and his older brother found themselves set upon by Jake Fahri.

The altercation resulted in a glass dish being thrown at Jimmy that severed a vital blood vessel in his neck.

He collapsed into his brother’s arms and later died of his injuries.

In the same year, the Mizen family set up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, later renamed For Jimmy.

The charity works tirelessly to help prevent similar things happening to young people all around the UK and even abroad.

Margaret and Barry were given a warm welcome at the college’s Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington campuses for the series of lectures held over the past week.

They talked in detail about the events that led to the murder of their son.

“Nothing in this world can prepare you for the loss of your child in this way,” said Margaret, “it is something that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.

“This year has seen many more parents, just like us, who have had to face the same shocking reality that that their son or daughter will not be coming home today - or indeed, ever again.”

The Mizens decided to honour their son by founding the charity, whcih works with schools and colleges.

They warn of the dangers of being drawn into confrontations and how to avoid them and talk to young people about how they can help to make their communities safer.

Kane, a 17-year-old student, attended both sessions.

He said: “Today has been very educational for me.

“As a young person living in south London, I see all the bad headlines and wonder what I would do if I found myself in a situation like many others have recently.

“I think I’ve learnt a lot about staying safe and helping to keep others safe too.”

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