The Chancellor was joined by local Conservative MP and Patron of the Foundation, David Mowat, who was accompanied by Sajjad Karim, North West Conservative MEP.
The visit came following the Spring budget statement in which the Chancellor announced a year’s funding to the charity of £150,000 and the completion of a grant agreement with the Government’s Office of Civil Society to deliver a twelve month ‘Survivors’ project.
The Chancellor confirmed his personal commitment to find a sustainable funding solution to ensure that the Foundation’s unique project assisting victims, survivors and those affected by terrorism, continues.
Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE established the Foundation in memory of their 12-year-old son Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball, killed in an IRA attack 21 years ago. Colin thanked the Chancellor for his personal intervention and unprecedented budget statement: “George Osborne’s budget statement was a welcome boost for people who work with the Foundation my wife and I set up in memory of Tim and Johnathan.
“We are delighted that he has taken his time to spend time at the centre to find out what that support means to the people we assist and that he has given his support to find a lasting solution to ensure our victims and survivors work continues over the long-term.
Sajjad ‘Saj’ Karim, who accompanied the Chancellor, is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West England and has taken a close interest in the development of the Foundation’s work which includes a large element of work funded by the European Union and representative roles on behalf of the UK on EU bodies
He was the first British Muslim elected to the European Parliament on 4 June 2004 and re-elected in June 2009. Saj is interested in human rights issues including child labour and the civil liberties of EU citizens in the War on Terror. He is a ‘survivor’ himself, on 26 November 2008, whilst visiting India as part of a European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegation, he was caught up in the Mumbai attacks in the lobby of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel.
During the visit the Chancellor met with people affected by terrorism, political violence and war including a veteran of the Aden conflict in the 1960s, the teenage son and wife of a man killed by Al-Qaeda in Algeria 2013, a refugee from the Yemen living in the North West, a first responder to a bomb explosion, a sister of a soldier killed by the IRA and an RAF veteran. He also learnt about the Foundation’s work in the prevention, resolution and response to violent conflict. The visit finished with a tour of the Peace Centre.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is a commissioned service provider in the prevention, resolution and response to violent conflict. The Foundation operates the international Peace Centre in Warrington, Cheshire.
The Foundation’s project – Survivors for Peace assists victims, survivors and those affected by political terrorism and violence and is unique in Great Britain. The project was funded as a ‘reaching communities’ Big Lottery investment until March 2014. In the Chancellor’s Spring budget statement (House of Commons 20th March 2014 – also the date of the 21st anniversary of the Warrington bombing), the Government agreed to fund the project and find a sustainable way to fund this work for the future. The project is funded via a formal grant agreement with the Office of Civil Society (Cabinet Office) in a association with the Ministry of Justice.
Survivors for Peace assists people by increasing social participation, promoting action to find their ‘normal lives’ and addresses gaps in service provision and assisting recovery.