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Peace Foundation just nine days away from closure


VIDEO: AS Warrington commemorates the 27th anniversary of the IRA boming which claimed the lives of Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, the charity set up in their memory is just nine days away from winding down to closure.

While the Peace Foundation has received assurances on Government funding from four members of the Cabinet, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an answer he gave in the House of Commons on 11th March -officials and advisers have so far failed to act, leaving charity just nine days until it has to wind down to closure, says Chief Executive Nick Taylor.

With no ceremony today (Friday) to mark the anniversary due to the Coronavirus outbreak Mr Taylor said: “Although we are focused on one subject at present, the consequences for geo politics, security, the stability, and resilience of our communities, is off the scale. The rhetoric of ‘war’ is high in the political response to Coronavirus and the ‘fight’ against the virus, but ultimately as we move forward, the world will never quite be the same again, and it is important that those who are decision makers, those who advise and all of us commit to working towards a peaceful society. So, today please offer your support to Colin and Wendy and all affected by Warrington and join us in asking the Prime Minister to act to secure the future of the Peace Foundation, Peace Centre and the legacy of Tim and Johnathan who we remember today.”

Mr Taylor added: “Colin and Wendy Parry, our Founders will visit the Peace Centre to see the work we are doing to help the NHS emergency effort during the present crisis, they will spend time privately with their family, but they are also faced with the fact that their Foundation’s Government funding has not been secured from the 1st April. They have received assurances from four members of the Cabinet, including the Prime Minister in an answer he gave in the House of Commons on 11th March. However, officials and advisers have failed to act. The charity has nine days until it has to wind down to closure. Today, Colin, Wendy and their family will write to the Prime Minister to ask him to instruct officials to act to secure the work of the Peace Foundation. This will be delivered to Downing Street at lunchtime.”

Meanwhile today is a day when the families, people affected and the local and regional community (councillors, Mayors, faith leaders, sporting teams) come together to commemorate the bombing that led to the death of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball, young mother Bronwen Vickers, seriously injuring 54 people and affecting over 2,000 people on the street.

The then Prime Minister, Sir John Major, described the provisional IRA bombing as a pivotal time in the peace process on our islands. It was an incident that sent ‘shockwaves’ across the UK and Republic of Ireland and the call of ‘enough is enough’ brought mass rallies onto the street of London and most notably the streets of Dublin.

It created a civic led reaction that sought reconciliation between Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland and two years later, inspired by Colin and Wendy Parry, the inauguration of the Peace Foundation. The charity is 25-years-old this year. In 2000, 20-years-ago, they opened the ‘living memorial’ Peace Centre. The Peace Foundation work is unique in creating a support service for all British survivors of terrorism, a civil society organisation with the most incredible range of counter terrorism safeguarding, counter extremism and community cohesion and integration programmes; working with young people, families, those most vulnerable, and in the ‘hard to reach’ and sensitive towns and cities across the country.

Mr Taylor added: “From so much tragedy, hope came and, in what would be Tim’s 40th birthday year, he, along with Johnathan, have truly created a legacy for hope and peace in our times.

“There will be no ceremony today, but many people will observe their own private moment of reflection and commemoration BUT will also celebrate the amazing achievements of the past quarter of a century.”

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About Author

Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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