This time next week and I will be travelling to Croydon ready for 'Dear Tim' the next day. I'm very much looking forward to it; I have had such brilliant support both from Croydon Amnesty and CYTO.
Just briefly, how this all started for me. When I retired, just over four years ago now, none of 'all this' had even crossed my mind – and then I bought a copy of Big Issue, noticed an advert from HumanWrites asking for volunteers, applied, was accepted, allocated Inmate Timothy Coleman A328139, and I've not had time to look back!
At about the same time, I joined my local amateur dramatic society, never having been on the stage before...and loved it! Then various 'doors' began to open in front of me…and here I am, getting ready to come to the Shoestring Theatre.
To say 'retirement changed my life' is somewhat of an understatement!
I've been exceptionally lucky in the people I've met and who have supported Tim through encouraging me. 'Dear Tim' has metamorphosed from the TED-talk style I started with, to its present more dramatised style – thanks to these people.
Please come – and encourage all your friends. Together we bring hope to a man who has been on Death Row for 18 years; a man I believe to be innocent of the murder he is convicted of. As Tim approaches his last retrial appeal, with five already denied, hope may be all that we can offer him – though miracles can and do happen.
'Dear Tim: Echoes of Death Row' is on Saturday, October 17th at 7pm. It's at the CYTO’s Shoestring Theatre in Oakley Road.
Tickets are only £6 (concession £4) and you can get them from: