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Warrington Peace Centre's 10th anniversary

Category: England

Published: 20th Mar 2010 13:50:27

The Warrington Peace Centre, built in memory of two boys killed in an IRA blast, has reached its 10th year.

It is the headquarters for the charity Foundation For Peace, set up after Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball died in the 1993 IRA bombing of Warrington.

Tim Parry's parents Colin and Wendy created the foundation to support other victims of violence and terror.

From the modest beginnings in the Parrys' bedroom it has now flourished into a national charity.

'Only salvation'

Mr Parry said: "The years have flown by, and it is hard to believe how far we have come since we first set out to create the charity 15 years ago.

"In the heart of everything we do is to take the message of non-violence to people we meet.

"We help them understand the nature of human conflict, how its managed and resolved and the impact it has on people's lives."

They work in communities and schools across the UK to tackle key issues affecting society such as prejudice, discrimination and violence within our communities.

Projects have included tackling racism in a multi-racial school in south Leeds following the July 7 bombings.

Staff at the charity worked with young people involved in gangs and providing social inclusion programmes to reduce aggression in the playground.

The Parrys, who lost their son when he was just 12-years-old, said the work they had done has helped them cope with their grief.

"Work has helped us deal with losing Tim, if life deals you the kind of hand we were dealt I believe the only salvation for yourself and the relationship is to have a purpose which is worthy.

"The sheer terror of losing a child especially how we lost a child in a terrorist incident like we did is so shattering it can destroy everything around you.

"But the foundation has been the cement and the glue that has held the family together," Mr Parry said.

The charity has also got the full backing of Wilf and Marie Ball, who lost their three-year-old son, Johnathan, in the Warrington bombing which also injured 56 others.

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