MORE than £20,000 has been raised in memory of a Windermere sailor who died doing his ‘dream job’ in the south of France.
A bursary for the UK Sailing Academy, set up in the name of watersports instructor and yachtmaster Michael Hanlon, has been inundated with donations since his death last April, at the age of 22.
“After the tragedy of Milo’s death, we all wanted his energy, extraordinary character and life, celebrated and remembered,” said Emma Baggett, the UKSA’s cadetship manager.
“By creating this opportunity young people will be able to walk in his footsteps on to exciting and challenging careers.”
Michael, known as Milo to his friends and family, had studied at the UKSA on the Isle of Wight and was working on a superyacht, docked in Antibes, when he died.
A website set up in his memory has since recorded huge donations from his friends, family, UKSA staff and crew members within the superyacht industry, as well as a substantial donation from Seafarers UK.
His parents, Bob and Fiona, and sister, Claire, created the Michael (Milo) Hanlon UKSA Bursary for young people passionate about the water but who could not have accessed or afforded training.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/MichaelMiloHanlon .