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Buddy Ripley

Buddy Ripley

Name: Buddy Ripley
Age: 24
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Sheerness, Kent
Campaign: To encourage young people to walk away from crime and achieve their potential

As far back as I can remember, crime has impacted on my life.

 

When I was ten, my brother was convicted of murder. 

 

Later, my dad, mum and sister would all go to jail too.

 

When I was 13, I was introduced to a gang in South East London through friends at school.

 

I didn't become a member, but bad things came my way; I found myself in the firing line between rival gangs.

  

When I became a father at the age of 19, I realised that I didn't want that life for my children.

 

I decided to express myself through music and made a song showing the negative impact crime has had on my life.

 

The song features in my Fixers film because I want young people to see that there is a better life for you, you’ve just got to find it. 

The following Fixers helped me with this Fix: 

 

Rupert Small

Jayda Garcia 

Conor McSweeney

Jack Carroll

Jimmy Beezy, Lenny Price and Tony Duke supported me with this Fix. 

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