Shaun is a plant taxonomist with many years experience in Southern
Africa. It is hoped this message may reach some of his many and
scattered friends and colleagues around the world.
Shaun and Josie Bicycle Fund
Kent County residents, and indeed most people in the UK, will be
familiar with the tragedy that befell the Russell family last July when
wife Lin and daughter Megan (6) were murdered near their home in
Nonington. Miraculously, despite near fatal head injuries, daughter
Josie (9) survived the attack which killed her mother, sister and dog.
Regrettably, we also know that police have yet to make an arrest in the
case and continue to welcome assistance from members of the public
(01227 817043). Josie and father Shaun are now engaged in the difficult
process of building a new life for themselves in Wales.
Shaun Russell remains a member of University of Kent staff at the
Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology for a few more months
until his contract expires; he continues to work for the British
Council as an Environmental Advisor. As one small way of trying to help
him and his daughter, friends and colleagues have gained his permission
to raise funds for the purchase of a tandem bicycle. To this end, your
sponsorship is sought for our participation in the annual Canterbury
Century Challenge. We wish to raise a minimum of 700 pounds, with any
funds exceeding that amount put towards a stronger model bike and safety
equipment. Professional advice in this regard is kindly being provided
by Mr. Arthur Lock of Locks of Sandwich. Since I am riding in the 100
mile event, a table of sums in pence-per-mile is provided below as a
guide, so match your sponsorship accordingly (naturally, no amount is
Over 500 international cyclists will take part in the Canterbury Century
Challenge on Sunday, May 25th. This major cycling event is part of the
Challenge Les Belles d' Europe series of cycling randonnees in the UK,
France and Belgium. The three cycling events of 25 miles, 100kilometres
(62.5 miles) and 100 miles will run simultaneously, starting from St.
Gregorys Church Hall, North Holmes Road, Canterbury. The Challenge is
run by the Cyclists Touring Club (East Kent DA) with support from "Sans
Frontieres", Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council, St Johns
Ambulance and Locks of Sandwich (Cycles). Express permission for this
fund-raiser has been personally granted by the event organizer Mr.
Andrew Bassil (note: the primary fundraising effort using the Challenge
will be Leukemia Research - good luck to them too!).
If you wish to help, you can make your sponsorship pledge via email tome
(K.L.Cassels at ukc.ac.uk) or by phone (ext. 7539) or UKC internal mail
(Kent Cassels - c/o DICE) or post (Kent Cassels, Dept of Biosciences,
Dice, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NJ). Collection of all
sponsorship pledges will be coordinated after the event by Matt Walpole
or myself. A special 'Community Account' has been established at
Barclays Bank, University of Kent branch, so cheques should kindly be
made payable to:
SHAUN AND JOSIE BICYCLE FUND (Barclays Bank, University of Kent,
Canterbury CT2 7NJ).
Thank you for helping another member of the University, your
contribution is much appreciated. We expect that the results of this
effort will be made public by local Kent media during June (and by UKC
email). Please repost this to any friends who may also be interested in
More information from Mr. Kent Cassels or Matt Walpole (01227 827282
or827935; klc3 at ukc.ac.uk).
SPONSORSHIP IN PENCE PER MILE
1p 2p 3p 4p 5p 10p 25p 50p 100p
100 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 10.00 25.00 50.00 100.00
TOTAL AMOUNT SPONSORED IN POUNDS