A Mother’s Campaign to Stop Gun and Knife Crimes
Mother seeks support from local community, individuals and businesses in support of Fundraising Charity Ball by Paul Boakye
I have taken this step to connect with you as a mother to ask for your support on a fundraising event we are organising on Saturday 20th November 2010.
I am the founder of JAGS Foundation in remembrance of my son James Smartt-Ford who was tragically murdered in 2007.
James Smartt-Ford: Murdered at Streatham Ice Rink in 2007.
He was in his first year of an Electrical Engineering course at Carshalton College and was to attend Guildford College in September 2008 to study for his CeMAP exams (mortgage qualification) to join me in my mortgage practice. He never made it to 18. This life changing experience has been a very harsh lesson as a mother raising a son and has exposed the real life crisis facing young people in this epidemic of gun and knife crime being witnessed across the Capital.
After 3 years, I have learnt how to come to terms with his death and set up JAGS Foundation to support young people in acquiring money management skills to enable them to become financially astute. I believe in today’s society, financial literacy is of paramount importance to young people’s independence and future success.
Visiting schools to share the harsh realities of losing a child and to raise awareness amongst children and teenagers of the devastation caused to families and friends is now a focal point of my life. I am also a regular contributor to community and governmental debates and discussions including local police consultative, pastoral and pressure group meetings in joint efforts to ‘Save Another Child.’
Our first annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday 20th November 2010 at Park Plaza hotel in Victoria, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road London SW1V 1EQ. Tickets are priced at £79.00 each for dining guests and £25.00 for the live evening entertainment with stand-up comedienne Angie Le Mar.
Comedian Angie Le Mar: We need your support!
We are fundraising to develop financial literacy and life-skills programmes for young people in London and to become a registered charity. (We are currently a not-for profit community interest company).
It is only with the continued support of friends, family and individuals within the community, can we individually affect change and improve young people’s chance of surviving these unbelievable turbulent years. Details of the event, can be found on the website at: www.jagsfoundation.co.uk.
I do understand that you may have prior engagements and may not be able to attend. If this is the case, would you please consider sponsoring the attendance of another family or making a donation at:www.jagsfoundation.co.uk.
We are not government funded and recognise the importance of honouring the lives of so many young children cut so tragically short and it is with the support of individuals and like you, can the work of JAGS Foundation help to positively impact on the youth journey.