Participants had the opportunity to meet Jo Berry and Patrick Magee from Building Bridges for Peace, who shared their incredible peace and reconciliation work. Jo is the daughter of former MP Sir Anthony Berry who was killed in the IRA bombing of Brighton’s Grand Hotel 29 years ago. In her quest to understand those responsible and contribute to peace, Jo Berry met Patrick Magee, the man who planted the bomb. As they listened to each other’s story they came to realise that this was the beginning of another journey in which they have committed themselves to exploring and promoting non-violent solutions.
Our participants were visibly moved by the open and frank conversation and had many questions of their own to ask. One participant said after the session, “Jo was one of the most inspirational women I have ever met”.