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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 01:05 GMT 02:05 UK
Milly's parents launch new charity
Amanda
Milly was close to her mother Sally
The parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler are to launch a charity to educate young people about personal safety.

Thirteen-year-old Amanda, known as Milly, went missing in March while walking home from Walton-on-Thames railway station, Surrey.

Last month, her body was found 25 miles away in remote woodland near Fleet, Hampshire.

The scene of the crime
Milly's body was found in Yateley Heath Forest

The charity, called Milly's Fund, will be launched on Tuesday at a memorial service in her honour at Guildford Cathedral in Surrey.

Milly's mother, Sally Dowler, said in a statement: "Not only will the charity help to preserve Milly's memory, but it will also provide guidance and training to young teenagers."

The fund will provide training in risk assessment to teenagers and to their teachers and youth workers.

It will aim to educate early teens, on the brink of more independent lives, about the risk of certain situations and how to protect themselves.

Saxophone tribute

Milly's grieving father Bob is due to pay tribute to his daughter at the memorial service.

The IT consultant, his wife Sally and Milly's sister Gemma, 16, are expected to be joined by hundreds of friends and well-wishers.

A spokesman for the Guildford Diocese said Milly's best friend Hannah MacDonald is due to read a poem, another is expected to read a tribute and her uncle Peter will sing solo "You'll never walk alone".

The saxophone group at Heathside School, Weybridge, where Milly was a pupil, will play during the Church of England service.

Balloon release

Millions of television viewers have seen news broadcasts of home video footage of Milly, an enthusiastic member of the group, playing her saxophone.

The thanksgiving service, during which the Bishop of Dorking Ian Brackley will give an address, starts at 1300 BST and is expected to last just over an hour.

Many staff, pupils and parents from Milly's school, where Mrs Dowler taught, are expected to attend, as well as officers from Surrey Police who are leading the hunt for the schoolgirl's killer.

After the service, Gemma is due to release balloons into the sky outside the cathedral to mark the launch of Milly's Fund.

A private funeral will be held after Milly's remains have been released by the police.

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"As many as 1200 people are expected to attend"

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