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Ellie This is our amazing granddaughter Ellie.

Ellie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Spina Bifida is where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. This can cause a number of difficulties including weakness or paralysis of the legs. Many babies with Spina Bifida also develop Hydrocephalus which, as in Ellie's case, sometimes needs an operation to insert a tube that drains excess fluid from the brain.

Children like Ellie are supported by the Shine Charity who provide specialist advice and support for the children and their families. Shine relies on donations to do this essential work and, this year, Ellie's uncle Dave will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Shine. Obviously, we realise that requesting complete strangers to donate money to the charity is a bit of an ask but, now that you've read this far, perhaps you would consider taking a little bit more of your time to make a small donation to this very worthy cause at Dave's JustGiving Page? Thank you!

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"RUSSEL, RUSSELL. As this name in Scots occurs twice with 'dictus' and never with 'de' it is most probably a diminutive of rous, 'red, (cf. Dauzat, p. 95). Chaucer (Nonne Prestes Tale) calls the fox 'Daun Russel' alluding to his reddish color. Walter Russell witnessed a charter by Walter filius Alani to the Abbey of Paisley, c. 1164-77 (RMP., p. 87). John, son of Robert Russel of Doncanlaw, granted these lands to the Hospital of Soltre in pure and perpetual alms between 1180-1220 (Soltre, p. 5). Robert Russel witnessed a composition aueiit the lands of Threpland, 1259 (REA., i, p. 27), and another Robert Russel of Berwickshire rendered homage in 1296 (Bain, it, p. 207). Andreas dictus Russell was bailie of Aberdeen, 1310 (REA., i, p. 40), William dictus Russelle is mentioned, c. 1320 (RMS., i, 26), Adam Rossel was received to the king of England's peace in 1321 (Bain, in, 724), and William Russell was tenant in the vill of Dalfubill, 1376 (RHM., i, p. Ivii). Jerome Russell, a Greyfriar, was burned at the stake in 1539 for heresy along with John Kennedy in the High street of Glasgow. Rossell 1528, Rousel c. 1250, Rusel 1514, Russale 1537, Russall 1513, Russsfule 1529, Rwsall 1521 "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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