Peace Foundation Saved From ‘Closure’

A charity set up in the memory of two children killed in the 1993 Warrington bomb attack has been saved from closure after an emergency funding lifeline.

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation was set up after the deaths of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the IRA bombing in Warrington town centre in March 1993.

It helps at least 10,000 children a year, many of whom have been affected by terrorism, including the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

A cash crisis made more acute by Covid-19 had forced the charity’s chief executive Nick Taylor to prepare to close the Peace Foundation on Tuesday (March 31) until the Steve Morgan Foundation stepped in with emergency funding of £37,000.

Nick said: “We’ve been running this charity for 25 years and this is the first time we’d hit a cash crisis like this.

“I was preparing to take the heart-breaking decision to close huge sections of the Peace Foundation when the Steve Morgan Foundation stepped in with £37,000 that will enable us to keep running our services for the next three months.

“We all got really emotional when we found out and the words ‘thank you’ seem inadequate in the circumstances.

“As a charity we understand the impact of Covid-19 to the point that we took the decision to give over the Peace Centre to the NHS to house doctors and nurses who are currently treating coronavirus patients in local hospitals.

“Unfortunately no help has been offered to the charity sector in this difficult and unprecedented time and we were left praying for a miracle.”

Tim Parry’s parents Colin and Wendy Parry set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation and said the emergency funding was a ‘Godsend’.

Wendy Parry said: “It’s just over 27 years since Tim’s life machine was switched off. Every single day we miss him and think about all the wonderful things he has missed. The Peace Foundation has already helped thousands of people and, thanks to the Steve Morgan Foundation, we’ll be able to carry on with our life-changing work in Tim and Johnathan’s memory.”

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “The Peace Foundation is a charity that was born out of tragedy that has gone on to do so much good work. It would have been dreadful if they’d not been able to carry on with the vital programmes they run.”

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