Grace Millane ‘still travelling around the world’ in spirit, mum says

Grace Milan is dead in 2018, but in a way she is

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Grace Millan died in 2018, but in a way she’s “still traveling around the world,” says mom Jillian Millan.

The mother of murdered British tourist Grace Milan left a memorial stone on top of Mount Kilimanjaro so her daughter could still “travel around the world”.

Jillian Millan reached the summit of Tanzania, which is 5895 meters above sea level, on New Year’s Day.

She climbed the mountain in honor of Grace and her husband, David Milan, and raised money for domestic violence charity White Ribbon, as well as a local UK hospice and the Widowed and Young charity.

Gillian Milan told the BBC Breakfast that you left the stone meant that Grace, who was killed in Auckland in 2018, was “still traveling around the world”.

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She also left a stone engraved with David’s name, who died of cancer in 2020.

“Grace loved to travel and it was obviously very interrupted,” Gillian Milan told BBC Breakfast.

“I’ve always said wherever I go I’ll put a stone with her name on it, so somehow she’s still gone around the world and if someone comes and takes her, she’ll go somewhere else.

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Grace Milan’s father said they would return home to try to pick up the pieces of their lives. (First published in November 2019)

“So for me to put the pebbles there with their names, that was a really, really big thing.”

Grace, 22, from Essex in the UK, came to New Zealand in 2018 with her OE.

She made international headlines when she disappeared in Auckland.

Her body was found in bush in the Waitakere Ranges a week later.

Jessie Kempson was found guilty of her murder in November 2019 and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum parole period of 17 years.

After Grace’s death, the family founded the organization Love Grace, which aims to help victims of domestic abuse.

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Thousands of Kiwis have donated bags to the cause, which sees bags full of cosmetics given to women who “need to be reminded of their worth”.

Gillian’s niece had previously posted on Love Grace’s Instagram page about her aunt’s adventures, saying she had to travel to Sri Lanka to train.

“I climb mountains most days mentally anyway, so why not climb a real one? So that’s what I decided to do,” Gillian Milan previously told Newshub.

The Milan family’s fundraising page shows they have raised £31,066, or NZ$59,647, in total for White Ribbon UK, St Luke’s Hospice and Widowed and Young.



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