A year on, a dad dreams of his son playing football in paradise

A year on, a dad dreams of his son playing football in paradise


John Milne sees the pain of losing a child
is almost unbearable. Yeah, tears are both joy and sadness. He’s still a very special part of me, and
always will be forever we’ll be together but it’s so hard. It’s been so hard. I don’t know how to explain the loss, the
hole. I would have loved to have taken that bullet
because my life is nearly over. Living one moment at a time slowly but surely,
he’s picking up the pieces and grieving the loss of his son. It’s been healing because I’ve forgiven Brenton
without that forgiveness, I couldn’t be the man I am now. Sayyad Milner loved football and dreamed of
becoming a goalkeeper for Manchester United. In his hands John Milne cradles his son’s
beloved worn ball, while wearing Sayyad’s goalkeeping gloves for the first time since
he died. My boy’s dream [was] to be an international
goalkeeper for Manchester United and on this ball, this was given to Sayyad on his fourteenth, just after his
fourteenth birthday, and people have written from all over the place from this one. So special, so special, I’m just imagining
kicking it all over the world. He tells me his son’s prized footballs, signed
by his friends and teammates, have become part of his legacy. He begins kicking the ball around in memory
of his son. He just loved it. Look at it, you can tell how much he loved
it. Mr Milne has been helping with the March 15
National Remembrance service, which will be held at North Hagley Park. He says the best way to show solidarity is
to be there. Come from wherever. Yep, that would be the best way to help us. Come from wherever. Pack that park. Pack the park and have fun, lots of love and laughter. Although it’s expected to be a mournful occasion,
he wants to to also be a celebration of his son’s life, as well as the 50 others who died
on March 15. Where he is now, I can just see him kicking
that football. His dreams coming true, alive, forever in
paradise. The national remembrance service will be held
at three o’clock on Sunday March the 15th. For Morning Report ko Eleisha Foon tēnei.

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