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Help support Jake's recovery

Cause page created in the Health category by Rebecca Holder for "Jake Milbank"

$147,012 donated

Given by 2765 generous donors in around 4 months


Jake Milbank's Recovery from injuries sustained from White Island Eruption

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  Bay of Plenty

Jake is a tour guide for White Island Tours. He was on the island when it erupted, and has sustained burns to 80% of his body.

This normally passionate energetic young man, who has a love for anything ocean, was in his element when this tragedy occurred.

However he now has a long journey to recovery, and anything raised on this page will be used to help the family financially to ensure they can be by his side all the way. And provide anything Jake will need during his recovery.

Jake is currently staying in ICU in Middlemore Hospital and he is surrounded by his family. The family would like to thank you all for the messages, support and good wishes for Jake that they have already recieved.

Rebecca Holder's involvement (page creator)

I am a close family friend of approximately 12yrs

Use of funds

To support Family and allow them to be by Jake's side all the way. And cover any needs that Jake may have.

Latest update

Another update from Jake  11 March 2020

Posted by: Rebecca Holder

Hello everyone, once again I would like to give a big thank you to all of you that have continued to support and encourage me on my road to recovery.

The last 94 days have been the most challenging days of my life but each and every one of them I have been getting stronger and stronger. To date I have had 23 trips to theatre, and more recently my nurses have began doing my dressing changes on the ward and as of last week I have started to have my dressings changed in my own room in the burns unit. On the 1st of March for the first time I was allowed to leave the hospital. I was able to see my dog for the first time in almost 3 months which was such an amazing feeling, and it was also my Aunty’s birthday so I got to spend the afternoon with my family to celebrate.

I am now fully grafted which means my physio regime has been getting more and more intense as my skin grafts heal. From walking on the treadmill to pumping iron (a 1kg weight in each hand) we are seeing improvements every day. I am finally beginning to gain weight and have put on 3 kgs in the last 3 weeks.

My friends have been so awesome driving almost an 8 hour round trip from Whakatane to see me nearly every weekend and I have also had quite a few visits from my colleagues at White Island Tours which has been great. Words can’t even express how amazing my family have been, they have been so supportive, keeping me company and bringing me home cooked meals, I can’t thank them enough.

I am looking forward to spending more time out of the hospital and eventually being home with my friends and family but at this stage we are not quite sure when that might be, meaning that for now my main focus is getting in the gym with my rehab team. I am looking forward to sharing some more good news regarding my recovery with you all in the future!

Jake 😊

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Latest donations

  • Dean

    Dean 1 day ago


    Always thinking of you fella. I know you can get through this.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 2 days ago


    My thoughts are with you Jake at this time, another challenge in your recovery with the lockdown, but wishing you the very best, and know you'll get through this!


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 18 Mar 2020


    Best wishes Jake. Our thoughts are with you.


  • Mark

    Mark on 18 Mar 2020



  • Dunja

    Dunja on 17 Mar 2020


    Dear Jake, best wishes for you and your ongoing, challenging recovery! Hayden was our guide when we visited Whakaari, and since we unfortunately can't do anything for him, we want to do a little something for his colleague(s). Stay strong! Much love from Germany.


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This page was created on 11 Dec 2019 and closes on 11 Jun 2020.
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