On the 27th anniversary of the Warrington bombing, co-founders of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation have written to the Prime Minister to ask him to make good on his commitment to ensure our funding continues to support survivors of terrorism in Great Britain.
The letter is reproduced below
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Dear Prime Minister,
On behalf of myself, my wife, Wendy and my whole family, I want to thank you for the very kind comments you made about The Peace Foundation in Prime Minister’s Question Time (March 11) preceding the Budget Speech.
When you declared to the House that you “commended the work of the Warrington Peace Foundation and that we will do everything we can to ensure the funding continues “, we felt an enormous cloud was lifted off the Foundation’s future.
During the past eight months, we have been engaged in many meetings with Number 10 Officials and numerous Civil Servants to try to resolve the matter of funding.
In the run up to the general election, we were delighted to welcome members of the Cabinet to the Peace Centre. Dominic Raab and Robert Jenrick visited the Peace Centre and gave their personal support and commitment to our work.
At the time of the 2019 London Bridge terror attack, your office reported that Robert Buckland had put in place provision to support our funding. Your advisers said “he (Robert) recognises the value of your service to victims and survivors and as such, he has already instructed officials so that he can act to ensure funding continues beyond March 2020…we want to work with the Peace Foundation to create a sustainable approach to funding for victims of terrorism for future years.”
We have received many messages of support from your colleagues over this period, great support from our local MP, Andy Carter, and your response to his PMQ, is that we believed that funding would be found.
However, subsequent engagements have not received a positive response or confirmation that your commitment will be enacted as a ministerial direction.
am writing to you today, in the hope that funds will be released very quickly, as in just 12 days’ time, we will be obliged to issue redundancy notices to our team, and start the wind down of a charity that has been supporting HM Government for 25 years at a time when security, counter terrorism and community cohesion will be tested like never before.
Our team now supports 1,500 people affected by all acts of terrorism spanning from the Northern Ireland Troubles through to recent events at home and abroad. We support the Government’s CONTEST, counter extremism and community integration strategies. Our work is vital, and we need to continue to support you.
You may know that my letter is written to you on the 27th anniversary of the IRA bombing in Warrington which took the lives of our 12-year-old son Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball and it is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Centre!
It is a challenging day for all of us, particularly my family as this would have been Tim’s 40th birthday year, but we take some comfort of what has been achieved in his and Johnathan’s memory.
I hope you can act to provide reassurance and enable rapid funding, so our work continues, and Tim and Johnathan’s legacy is secured.
With very best wishes
Colin and Wendy Parry
Co-Founders Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation