Just a short piece this week to keep you up to date with the fundraising. We recently received a thank you email from Save the Children, including a short video outlining some of the ways your donations were being used. If you would like to watch it, here is the link:

We have now raised over £1500 from 68 donations; this is three times our original target of £500. We are so grateful to everyone who helped us raise this in memory of Russell, especially as we were asking for money over Christmas, which is always an expensive time.


There are several reasons why we chose Save the Children. We thought back to when Russell was very young. He had a happy childhood, safe and warm. Always enough food to eat, toys to play with, clean clothes, an education. He had friends and family he could trust and rely upon to be there for him when needed. Basically, what we all want for our children, and in a country such as this it doesn’t seem too much to ask for.

But for millions of children around the world the things that we take for granted are just a dream. Can you imagine growing up in the middle of a war zone; a place where going out to play involved dodging unexploded land mines; having to forage in other people’s rubbish for your next meal; having to walk miles to collect (often dirty and contaminated) drinking water; being exposed to deadly diseases such as cholera, malaria, Ebola. It is almost impossible to imagine what some children have to endure on a daily basis. That is why we chose to fundraise for Save the Children.

So, thank you so much to everyone who donated. Russell would have been so proud of you for helping children in his memory. One donation came with a quotation:

“To live in the hearts of others we leave behind is not to die” Thomas Campbell (1777-1844).

This is so true, by helping others in Russell’s name, we are also helping him to LIVE FOREVER.

So, thanks again, and don’t put your purses away just yet as we are hoping to raise more money in his memory later in the year.

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PS it’s still not too late to donate.



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