Fundraiser for memorial to honour ‘brilliant family man’

Frank Milligan
Frank Milligan

A fundraising page has been set up to create a memorial for a ‘brilliant family man’ who died following an incident at a Burgess Hill cafe.

Frank Milligan, of Maple Drive, and his family were working late preparing to open their new cafe in Church Road when a distrubance happened, on Friday May 13.

Frank was taken ill and later died in hospital.

Now family friend Karen Taylor, has set up a fundraising page to create a memorial for the 63-year-old.

She told the Middy: “I have known Frank for years and years. He was one of those people where if you were ever stuck and needed something if he couldn’t do it he would know someone who could. He would do anything for anyone.

“He was an amazing guy and a brilliant family man.”

Karen said the aim was to collect enough money to build a bench with Frank’s name carved into it.

She said she already had permission from the council to install the bench on a field near the family’s home.

“I think that the reason why I wanted to give something back was partly because of everything he has given and I also wanted somewhere for the family to be able to go and sit and have a laugh and not think about the sad things,” Karen said.

She added the bench would be something which would not only benefit the family and would also help the community which he did a lot to support.

“There are so many things he had tried to do and help with, it is nice to be able to have something in memory of him because he was such a friendly person,” she added.

Donations to the page currently stand at more than £2,000.

Karen said the money would be enough to get the bench but they were still looking to raise a little more to build the area it would sit on, including a flower garden. “I wanted to make it look really nice and make it somewhere where people can go and really use often. If there is any money left maybe we will put something in the kids park just down the road,” she said.

To donate visit Bench?utm_id=2&utm_term=Vyd9jr4EA

Police said at around 11.20pm on May 13 four people, who the family did not know, caused a disturbance at the cafe and a 35-year-old woman was assaulted. The altercation spilled out into the street and a car had to stop. The group then left the area.


Police said a postmortem established that Frank died as the result of a stroke. He was not attacked in the incident, officers added.

Two 19-year-old men from Haywards Heath have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

They have been released on bail until July 15 while enquires continue.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Abraham.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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