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A Day for Jimmy - A letter from Margaret Mizen

March 2016

Dear friend,

Where does the time go?! It seems like yesterday it was Christmas and now Easter is almost upon us, and so early this year, but it’s a time of year I love and always feel it strengthens my love and trust in God.

Every week I visit schools across the country meeting many young people to share Jimmy’s story and I always feel very privileged and humbled to do this. I never imagined I would ever speak in front of so many, yet I believe this is what God is asking of me, and this encourages me to continue on the days when I struggle with Jimmy’s loss.

Sharing my faith with young people is an honour and I feel it is what God has guided me to do. I have had so many messages from young people saying thank you and that they understand their faith a little bit more now.

In May each year, we take time out to reflect on the life of Jimmy on the anniversary of his death with our family, friends and supporters. This year, we are asking schools to join us in remembering my dear Jimmy and the message of Forgiveness, Peace and Hope that we now spread in his memory.

Something that has been on my mind recently is, “how can we make sure we keep Jimmy’s legacy of peace alive to help make this a safer, more peaceful world for all our beautiful young people?”. One of the things I’ve learnt is that to make this happen, sadly we have to be sustainable, which is not a word I like to use. However, it’s something we have come to accept.

From my own experience as a mother of 9 children, I remember how much they all enjoyed ‘own clothes day’ or charity days at school. I would love your school to have ‘A Day for Jimmy’ to continue his legacy of peace and ask the young people to help us do this. This can be something as simple as wearing white as a sign of peace and giving a donation. This is a suggestion, ‘A Day for Jimmy’ could be whatever you’d like it to be.

As ever, thank you for your support.

Much love and God bless,

 Margaret Mizen