The mother of murdered Jimmy Mizen, who died in a London bakery five years ago, visited Eastbourne recently to give a talk on the foundation she set up to promote peace instead of violence.
The event was arranged by the Willingdon based charity You Raise Me Up and held at Willingdon Golf Club.
Margaret Mizen’s 16-year-old son Jimmy died in May 2008 when a 19-year-old youth threw a glass dish at him which shattered and a a glass shard pierced his neck, severed vital blood vessels and he bled to death.
Sine his death Margaret and Barry Mizen, both devout Catholics, and their family have worked tirelessly setting up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation as a positive way of remembering their son’s life.
Their mission is to make young people safer, promote participation within the community, increase young people’s awareness of the potential outcomes of actions and support development into independent and responsible individuals.
They work with other like-minded people and organisations to be a positive force by empowering young people to develop as individuals and help others, developing the ability to manage anger without resorting to violence and developing their skills and capabilities so they can gain work, training and lead fulfilling lives.
The visit was arranged by Lauren and Paul Henty, who live in Westham and whose son Adam died two years ago in a tragic accident.
The couple are prominent members of You Raise Me Up, the charity set up by Fraser and Jane Brooks, after the sudden death of their daughter Megan just days before her 18th birthday in 2011.
The charity provides practical, financial and emotional support to families who lose children and young people unexpectedly.
Lauren said, “It was wonderful to have Margaret Mizen here in Eastbourne and we are so grateful for her for coming. Her way of dealing with her grief is thought provoking and inspiring.”
Margaret said she admired the work undertaken by You Raise Me Up and after her talk she answered questions from the audience and signed copies of the book she has written.