Milner Family Fund
On the 8th April 2016 Paul Milner said goodbye to his wife Natacha and 3 boys and went to work. Little did he know that he would be involved in a horrific accident which would change his life and the lives of his family forever. A large metal hook, which had been at high tension, flew through the window of Paul's tractor and hit him in the head.
Paul suffered horrendous head injuries and was very lucky to survive. The injuries he sustained are life changing and long lasting. He has been in hospital since April undergoing intense treatment and although he is about to be discharged home, he faces many operations to reconstruct the damage done to his skull. Paul requires constant care and assistance and this responsibility falls on his amazing wife Natacha.
Paul was self employed and as such is no longer getting paid. The family have had to modify parts of the house, some of that at their expense and are having to fund private neuro physiotherapy to aid Paul's recovery. They have been living off their savings but these are now depleted.
In addition to this situation, one of the boys needs extra support to process such a traumatic event and another has his own severe medical needs which means he needs many surgeries and lots of treatment himself. As you can imagine, emotionally these circumstances are difficult and the strained finances are just adding to an already stressful situation.
We are setting up this fund to assist Paul and his family get through the next few months and Christmas. Any funds raised would make a huge difference to the Milner family!
This GoFundMe was set up by Natacha's birth board mummy friends. We all have children the same age as one of the Milner boys and wanted to do something to help. But now we are asking that others consider helping too. Please, if you can, donate some pennies to this amazingly strong and resilient family.
Had to check with the legals before posting but we've had some amazing news. After saying it would take up to two years the critical care insurance have decided that Pauls injuries are significant enough to pay out already. This means we can already look for a more suitable car to fit Pauls wheelchair and the pushchair in, and hopefully one that is better for Pauls motion sickness! The GoFund me donations will still be used entirely to support Paul's, and ours as a family, as well as assisting paying for further rehab that the NHS don't provide enough of (OT, SP&L etc). With Pauls work funding physio sessions too, the immediate future is looking much brighter than it was a week ago. We can't thank everyone enough for their love and support xx
Even since Paul started coming home for visits we have had no dining room table. Our old one is relegated to the garage as it is too big, leaving too little room for Paul to manoeuvre around and is too much of a risk if he falls. When we went to IKEA last week we purchased (with the GoFundMe money) a fold away table. This means that today, we have all eaten together around the table for the first time in over six months. Granted Paul is still eating purée but that's a minor detail. It was magical. YOU guys made this special moment, and many more to come, happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts xx
Hi have you thought about contacting DIY SOS they do amazing things for people bringing in different trades to adapt the home , I admire your strength perhaps any trades viewing your page might offer their services to help your home become a safe haven for your family xx
Hi guys. It's been a while since I updated, sorry. Things have not been easy here. I just wanted to let you know what your money has been spent on (along with some other charity donations) * a walk in shower. This enables Paul to shower independently of any assistance and has given him some dignity back. It was expensive (7K!) but worth it * three different therapeutic aids to support Pauls rehabilitation of his left arm. A saebo flex, a micro stim and a resting splint. All of which have made an improvement to his range of movement *a kitchen thingy. It basically helps Paul prepare meals for himself with the limited use of his L arm. It holds potatoes so he can peel and chop. It has a cheese wire, it has a plastic thing to hold bread in place so he can make a sandwich * the smile on Will's face. Strictly speaking it paid for us to go to Lapland Uk. Will's face said it all. My non-believing 10year old believes again. It's been a loooong time since he genuinely enjoyed himself. The littlies loved it too * a family trip to the theatre. I loved it! Everyone else, not so much. Not because of the show though, just the circumstances. The situation here is not great at all, however I am still truly, truly thankful for all that you guys have done. Please don't under estimate the difference it has made. Love you all
Desperately bad luck for such an accident to happen like this~anybody who has worked on farm will know they could so easily be in the same position. My thoughts go out to you and your young family.
My family is all grown up but I don't know what I would have done I hope all goes well