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10,000 hands for a safer Lewisham

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24 July 2013
10,000 hands Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of welcoming Lewisham school children to Parliament as part of the “10,000 hands” campaign.

The campaign is being organised by Young Citizens – and supported by the family of Jimmy Mizen, who was tragically murdered in Lee Green in 2008 – and aims to promote safety for our city’s young people. The group have already got over 300 shops and businesses to sign up to the ‘CitySafe Haven’ campaign by displaying a ‘purple hand’ sticker in their window to indicate that they have agreed to keep a watch over their area.

Now they want to make the campaign even bigger and are promoting it by collecting 10,000 handprints on a cloth, to be presented to City Hall later this year. The campaign has certainly taken off as I am told they already have 30,000 handprints and have now increased their target to 100,000 hands!

Last Wednesday 16 school children from 8 Lewisham secondary schools visited Parliament, and I joined the group in the Shadow Cabinet Room along with colleagues Ed Miliband, Joan Ruddock and Tessa Jowell.

You can see a few photos from the afternoon below – it was a coincidence that Joan and I wore purple that day but we certainly look like we fit in with the campaign!

Thank you to Mr Jones and the fantastic students from Prendergast Ladywell Fields for their ongoing work in coordinating this important and inspiring campaign.

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