25 Years On – Tim and Johnathan’s Legacy is a Unique Achievement
Tuesday 20th March, Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing
The North-West town of Warrington will mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bomb which killed two children and sent shockwaves throughout the UK and around the world. Over fifty people were injured in the explosion, which killed three-year-old Jonathan Ball instantly and claimed the life of twelve-year-old Tim Parry five days later.
It was a crime that appalled the nation and in the days that followed, thousands of people took to the streets in protest. It became a seminal moment in the Northern Ireland peace process and Tim’s parents, Colin and Wendy Parry, channelled their feelings of grief and loss towards thoughts of peace and hope for the future, founding the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation in 1995.
The charity is the leading UK provider of support to victims of terrorism and to young people and communities whose lives have been affected by extremism. The Peace Foundation works nationally and internationally, devising pioneering education programmes and bespoke work with local authorities, community groups and schools. Since the Manchester arena bombing in May 2017, the Peace Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) has supported over 750 individuals. SAN provides free, life-long, practical and emotional support to people directly affected by terrorist attacks.
Colin Parry OBE, Chair of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation said:
“At Tim’s funeral, I said that if my son becomes a symbol for peace and gives everyone a new sense of hope after so much tragedy, then that will be Tim’s unique achievement. Today, the charity which Wendy and I founded is the leading UK provider of support to victims of terrorism, young people and communities whose lives have been affected by extremism.
As we mark 25 years since our son was taken from us in such horrific circumstances, we know that Tim, Johnathan, Bronwen and all those who were injured are remembered and honoured by the work that we do every day.”
A commemoration service attended by HRH The Princess Royal will take place in the town on Tuesday 20th March. Over 60 primary schools and businesses across the region are donating to the cause and taking part in Colours for Peace, a dress down day wearing Peace Foundation’s colours, green – the colour of Tim’s uniform when he was a pupil at Great Sankey High School – blue and white.
Last week it was announced that filming for a BBC Two drama documentary ‘Mother’s Day’ about the aftermath of the bombing, is underway and will star Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre is located at Peace Drive, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1HQ.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation (Peace Foundation) was founded in memory of two boys, Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, who were tragically killed in the IRA’s bombing of Warrington in March 1993. The Peace Foundation is an independent charity with no political or religious affiliations and works nationally and internationally to support those affected by terrorism and violent conflict.
Company Registration No: 3042409 – Registered Charity No: 1048990