Inspirational Tall Trees torchbearer to take turn this week

 An inspirational fundraiser from Tall Trees Care Home in Oxfordshire who has dedicated half his life to fundraising for youth services will soon be stepping up as one of the Olympic Flame torchbearers.

Jim Parkes MBE, 75, is set to carry the Flame through Great Wyrley in the West Midlands on Saturday 30th June. He spent many years in the area and inspired many people along the way.

Since 1960, Jim has been heavily involved in raising money and volunteering for youth services across the country.

Because of the lack of the sporting facilities for young people in Great Barr Jim Parkes founded the Twenty-Two Club in 1960. A Bedford Ambulance was purchased for £35 and the Club became Britain’s only Mobile Youth Club. The Club ambulance took the Club Football team to Paris, on a trip to West Berlin helping to create a man-made mountain and even a drive to Moscow at the height of the Cold War.

In 1970 Jim was appointed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Officer for the Birmingham Inner City Area. The priority was to organise a series of international exchanges that could become accessible to multiracial teenagers, some from deprived backgrounds. This project saw him work with Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

At the personal request of Prince Philip, Jim became Bursary Programme Manager of the Outward Bound Trust. Recruiting international celebrities helped to raise money raised to support young people whose parents could not afford the cost of a residential course.

Over the years Jim has made further contributions to the community including refereeing more than 3,000 football matches over the past 51 years. The amount of money Jim has raised to date in support of young people stands at £6,435,000.

In recent years, Jim has resided at Tall Trees Care Home in Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire. The home is one of the newest additions to the Caring Homes Group, overlooking the village cricket ground and wildflower meadows, but Jim is looking forward to heading back to the West Midlands where he spent so many happy years.

Lucy Biggs, Tall Trees Home Manager commented:

"Everyone at Tall Trees is so proud of Jim. He is truly inspirational and the most humble gentleman you could wish to meet. Nobody is more deserving of this honour. We can’t wait to see Jim on the television representing Tall Trees.”

Tall Trees

Home Manager

Margaret Callaghan


Burford Road,
Shipton under Wychwood,
Chipping Norton,

0808 223 5540
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