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Milly family promote life lessons
Milly Dowler and her mother Sally
Milly Dowler disappeared on her way home from school in March 2002
The mother of murdered Milly Dowler and the chief of the police force hunting her killer are launching a programme of life skills lesson for teenagers.

The Ride 3000 Choice Programme is aimed at 13-year-olds, the age Milly was when she was abducted and murdered in 2002.

It educates children on issues such as drug and alcohol awareness, bullying, citizenship and personal safety.

The killer of Milly, who lived in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, has never been found.

She was abducted as she made her way home from school on 21 March 2002 near Walton-on-Thames railway station.

Anything that promotes personal safety among children and young adults is very close to my heart
Sally Dowler, Milly's mother

After extensive searches her body was found in Fleet, Hampshire, six months later.

Her family set up Milly's Fund after her death, a charity aimed at raising youngsters' awareness of their personal safety.

The life skills lessons from the Ride 3000 Choice Programme will be used in schools across Surrey and have been produced in conjunction with police, teachers, health workers, young people and parents.

Milly Dowler
Milly Dowler was 13 when she was abducted and murdered

Milly's mother Sally Dowler said her charity was keen to promote the scheme because of its close links with the aims of her family's charity.

"Anything that promotes personal safety among children and young adults is very close to my heart," she said.

Milly's Fund has part-funded the scheme with Ride.

Chief Constable of Surrey Police, Bob Quick, said: "It is a pleasure to be involved with and endorse a project like this, which is of such benefit to so many young people.

"The material Ride has produced is an excellent starting point for informed debate and offers teenagers and younger children sensible advice on a variety of different problems they might encounter while growing up."

Ride was formed in 1993 and its resource packs are used in more than 200 schools across England, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar.

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