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Byline: Victoria Milligan will be awarded an RNLI Supporter Award at a ceremony in the Barbican in London after organising a massive fundraising challenge in memory of her husband and daughter.
Page Content: She set up an event called The Milligan Bike Ride, which has raised nearly £500,000 for the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK in the aftermath of a tragic speedboat accident in the Padstow estuary, which took the lives of Nick and Emily Milligan in May 2013.

Nearly 200 cyclists covered 300 miles over three days, from Cornwall to London.

Victoria said “We wanted to raise money for something tangible and relevant; the money raised will make a real difference and leave lasting legacies in their memory. The RNLI is such an incredible and worthwhile charity, they rescued us from the water on that fateful day.

“Unless you have been in a trauma situation, you don’t know how invaluable these rescue services are, every minute is vital. The money raised is going to train lifeboat crew in every station in Cornwall. So far we have raised £150,000 for the RNLI, which will mean training for 107 volunteer crew members for a year, but with any additional donations, we hope to raise enough money to provide training for 150.”

Guy Botterill, from RNLI Fundraising, said: “It was an incredible journey, which tested even the best of the riders but they did it. The bike ride was a huge physical challenge, but the challenge that Victoria set herself, so soon after the incident, what she achieved in terms of organising it – that was absolutely amazing.”

Victoria, who lives in London with her three children, Amber, Olivia and Kit, plans to continue her fundraising work. She lost the lower part of her left leg in the accident, but hopes to use a blade in order to take part in sponsored runs.

She said: “Something good had to come out of something so dreadful. It’s incredibly empowering to feel you are giving something back to the people who have helped you.”

James Vaughan, RNLI Director, said “As a charity, the RNLI are extremely grateful to everyone responsible for the incredible amount of money raised so far, which just goes to show the strength of feeling of those who want to honour the memory of Nick and Emily Milligan.

“Training is absolutely essential for our volunteers who risk their lives to save others. It ensures they are equipped with the necessary skills, guidance and support to go out and save lives at sea. It costs the charity £1,404 each year to train each crew member, so the money raised so far will enable us to provide a year’s training for 107 of the charity’s volunteer crew members at the 14 RNLI lifeboat stations in Cornwall.”

Victoria went on to explain “Child Bereavement UK’s counselling has been invaluable, it has helped me and the children cope with our grief over the last year. They have given us tools and strategies which help us deal with everyday situations. They have given me advice on how to talk to the children and deal with big events like birthdays and anniversaries. I know that their professional counselling will continue to be essential for our family, for a long time to come, as we approach each day and try to put our lives back together living without Nick and Emily.

“Knowing that we have raised a minimum of £150,000 for Child Bereavement UK, will mean that 100 additional families can be supported through Child Bereavement UK’s face-to-face family support programme or allow bereaved children to attend with their parent / carer, as well as providing 1,000 telephone support sessions for families looking for support and guidance after the death of someone important to them.”

Julia Samuel, Founder Patron and Trustee of Child Bereavement UK said: “This is a truly extraordinary achievement and we are extremely grateful to Victoria, her family and friends for choosing to fundraise for Child Bereavement UK. It takes great emotional generosity to support Child Bereavement UK at such a personally difficult time. The money raised will make a huge difference to the charity, and will enable us to reach many more bereaved families, guiding them through the long and difficult journey of grief as they start to rebuild their lives after the devastation of bereavement.”

Further donations can be made to support the charitable work of Child Bereavement UK and RNLI can be made via The Milligan Bike Ride website:www.milliganbikeride.com via Virgin Money Giving.

Byline: Victoria Milligan will be awarded an RNLI Supporter Award at a ceremony in the Barbican in London after organising a massive fundraising challenge in memory of her husband and daughter.
Page Content: She set up an event called The Milligan Bike Ride, which has raised nearly £500,000 for the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK in the aftermath of a tragic speedboat accident in the Padstow estuary, which took the lives of Nick and Emily Milligan in May 2013.

Nearly 200 cyclists covered 300 miles over three days, from Cornwall to London.

Victoria said “We wanted to raise money for something tangible and relevant; the money raised will make a real difference and leave lasting legacies in their memory. The RNLI is such an incredible and worthwhile charity, they rescued us from the water on that fateful day.

"Unless you have been in a trauma situation, you don’t know how invaluable these rescue services are, every minute is vital. The money raised is going to train lifeboat crew in every station in Cornwall. So far we have raised £150,000 for the RNLI, which will mean training for 107 volunteer crew members for a year, but with any additional donations, we hope to raise enough money to provide training for 150."

Guy Botterill, from RNLI Fundraising, said: “It was an incredible journey, which tested even the best of the riders but they did it. The bike ride was a huge physical challenge, but the challenge that Victoria set herself, so soon after the incident, what she achieved in terms of organising it – that was absolutely amazing.”

Victoria, who lives in London with her three children, Amber, Olivia and Kit, plans to continue her fundraising work. She lost the lower part of her left leg in the accident, but hopes to use a blade in order to take part in sponsored runs.

She said: “Something good had to come out of something so dreadful. It’s incredibly empowering to feel you are giving something back to the people who have helped you.”

James Vaughan, RNLI Director, said “As a charity, the RNLI are extremely grateful to everyone responsible for the incredible amount of money raised so far, which just goes to show the strength of feeling of those who want to honour the memory of Nick and Emily Milligan.

“Training is absolutely essential for our volunteers who risk their lives to save others. It ensures they are equipped with the necessary skills, guidance and support to go out and save lives at sea. It costs the charity £1,404 each year to train each crew member, so the money raised so far will enable us to provide a year’s training for 107 of the charity’s volunteer crew members at the 14 RNLI lifeboat stations in Cornwall.”

Victoria went on to explain "Child Bereavement UK's counselling has been invaluable, it has helped me and the children cope with our grief over the last year. They have given us tools and strategies which help us deal with everyday situations. They have given me advice on how to talk to the children and deal with big events like birthdays and anniversaries. I know that their professional counselling will continue to be essential for our family, for a long time to come, as we approach each day and try to put our lives back together living without Nick and Emily.

"Knowing that we have raised a minimum of £150,000 for Child Bereavement UK, will mean that 100 additional families can be supported through Child Bereavement UK’s face-to-face family support programme or allow bereaved children to attend with their parent / carer, as well as providing 1,000 telephone support sessions for families looking for support and guidance after the death of someone important to them.”

Julia Samuel, Founder Patron and Trustee of Child Bereavement UK said: “This is a truly extraordinary achievement and we are extremely grateful to Victoria, her family and friends for choosing to fundraise for Child Bereavement UK. It takes great emotional generosity to support Child Bereavement UK at such a personally difficult time. The money raised will make a huge difference to the charity, and will enable us to reach many more bereaved families, guiding them through the long and difficult journey of grief as they start to rebuild their lives after the devastation of bereavement.”

Further donations can be made to support the charitable work of Child Bereavement UK and RNLI can be made via The Milligan Bike Ride website:www.milliganbikeride.com via Virgin Money Giving.