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Parents of murdered teen Jimmy Mizen recognised in New Year's Honours

PUBLISHED: 11:06 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:06 31 December 2013

Barry and Margaret Mizen

Barry and Margaret Mizen

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The parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen were amongst those recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

Barry and Margaret Mizen, from Lee, were appointed MBE for their services “to the community” after setting up the Jimmy Mizen Foundation in 2009.

Jimmy was murdered in 2008 in Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, when he was just 16 years old.

Barry, 62, said: “We are proud and honoured to receive the honour and we’d just like to say thank you to the hundreds of people up and down the country who have supported us throughout the years.”

He added: “This is about the rest of our family and we’re dedicating it to Jimmy’s brothers and sisters”.

The couple have several businesses to help support the foundation including The Heel Bar in Sidcup and Sammy T’s café in Mountsfield Park, Lewisham, named after Jimmy’s nickname for his sister.

Barry added: “Sometimes we’re frightened to go to certain areas and are afraid to let our children out but it can change. We’ve just got to ask ourselves what we can do to make it a bit better.”

A British Empire Medal was awarded to Janet Berlin, the chairman of the NSPCC branch in Bromley, for her services to vulnerable children and to the community, as well as to Ann Donnarumma, a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care in Bromley.

Jenny Salter, a volunteer for Green Street Green Primary School in Vine Road, Orpington, was also awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to education.

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