This week’s blog is a bit different; as December 25th is now less than one month away I have been thinking of how we can celebrate Russell’s life this Christmas. We’ve left postcards, we’ve bought drinks, and we’ve planted a tree. So for Christmas I thought it would be a good idea to do something for other people instead of for ourselves.

I have been thinking recently about what Russell would have been doing if he was still with us; would he still be a landscape gardener or would he have followed his dream and trained to be a carpenter and furniture-maker? Would he have packed his bags and gone travelling, as we always said he should do. Would he still be playing the guitar and trying to sing like Bob Dylan? There is one thing, however, that I am sure he would be doing, and that is dropping heavy hints about what he would like for Christmas.

xmas 2009

With that in mind, I felt so sad that this was one present that we would no longer be able to buy. So we have decided to donate the money we would have spent on his present to Save the Children in the hope that families less fortunate than us will be able to have a happy Christmas this year.

We would be really honoured if any of you would like to join us and donate something to our chosen charity in memory of Russell this Christmas. Perhaps you would like to buy one less present and donate the money you would have spent; maybe you would have shared a drink or meal with Russell over Christmas and would like to donate. You can take part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Dec 12th and donate in Russell’s memory. We don’t mind what you do as long as you join in and donate to a really worthwhile cause.


We have made a short video of Russell at Christmas, please take the time to watch

then log in to

and DONATE IN MEMORY OF RUSSELL. We would be really pleased if you could share this with all your friends as well.


Thank you, and Happy Christmas. xx



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