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Give Jimmy the chance to start a new life and realise his huge potential as a sprinting star.

This petition had 75,638 supporters

Jimmy Thoronka isn't your everyday 20 year old, he is one of Africa's most talented young sprinters with an incredibly bright future. He competed in last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow for Sierra Leone.

While he was in the UK, Jimmy got the devastating news that his family had been killed by Ebola. He had already lost his birth family in Civil War, and last year lost his uncle, mother and four siblings to the disease.

After the devastating loss of his family, Jimmy has been living homeless, here on the streets of London.

Most of us have shot for the stars and lost - it's hard to think of anyone with so much talent that has suffered so much tragedy.

Over the weekend, Jimmy was picked up by the police for having an expired visa and may be deported.

I'm petitioning for the UK Government to let Jimmy stay here on compassionate grounds, so that he can find a sponsor to help him to continue his athletics career. With our support, and the opportunities we have in the UK, Jimmy can have a new start and realise his huge potential as a sprinting star.

Please sign this petition asking that Jimmy be allowed to stay and continue his athletics career.

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