Obituary for Russell Currins
It is with deep regret that Birkdale School announces the death of Russell Currins. Russell was the Head of Economics and Business Studies from 2000 to 2004 and he established the foundation that enabled the department to become one of the strongest in the country. Although Russell retired early he never lost interest in Birkdale and he attended Prize Giving events and Carol Services when possible. Birkdale had a warm place in his heart and our thoughts are with his wife, Sarah and his son, Dominic.
In 2004 Russell had to take early retirement due to ill health. He successfully fought his illnesses many times and he produced a book called "Three Battles" which became a source of inspiration for many. Indeed his story came to the attention of the producers of Emmerdale who were starting a story-line concerning Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and his advice was sought as the story-line developed.
Russell had good periods of remission from his illnesses and he used the time fruitfully and energetically. In 2006, on board HMS Belfast, he received the "Beacon of Hope" award for raising awareness of Lymphoma cancer and in 2007 was involved with the Lymphoma Association on the BBC's Lifeline Programme.
On June 1 2016, Russell received the 10 year badge from the Nottingham City Hospital for his volunteer work in haematology clinic and day case. In particular he was the Secretary of the Hope Group at Nottingham City Hospital from 2005 to 2017.