James Benamor was listed on The Times Rich List as having a networth of £77 million in 2008 when Secret Millionaire was filmed (currently worth 305 million), in Manchester’s Moss Side. The situation here looks pretty dire as these youths who James has come to help, are expected to have achieved or have achieved far less than the national average in educational attainment.
Of course these attainment levels are consistent with deprived areas the world over.
James Benamor was a troubled teen as well so he is able to empathise with these youths. He meets up with Anne and Terry who’ve opened their home to youths from the area and have been able to help over 800 boys over the last 29 years. Many of them have bettered their lives as a result of Terry and Anne’s sacrifice.
The mental strength of Miranda – who lost her son to gun violence – as well as 2 other former classmates, was quite remarkable; James however, couldn’t hide his emotions and broke down as he thought of his boys. Miranda belongs to the group, Mothers Against Violence (MAV). Their efforts seem to have helped bring down gun violence from a peak of 147 in the whole of 2007 down to 11 between April and October 2013.
Towards the end of filming, it’s time for James to reveal his true identity. In total, he gives out £136,000. One of the lads at Anne and Terry’s reaches out his hand to shake James when he’s shown the £50,000 cheque saying, “James, you’re a good man”; another very touching moment.
Our young people the world over need people around them who believe in them like James and these awesome people who spend their precious time volunteering to help their community. It does make a difference; it can change a generation.
Here’s the video of the program below.
Please help support these young people in whatever way you can. You can start by clicking the Mothers Against Violence link above.
Thanks for reading.