Family pay tribute to Kendal’s Russell Curwen following inquest into his death

THE family of a Kendal man who died in a road traffic collision have spoken out following an inquest into his death.

Russell Curwen, 49, from Kendal, was involved in a collision on Caton Road close to the A683 junction with Bay Gateway in Lancaster on May 5, 2018.

Russell was a much-loved volunteer blood biker with North West Blood Bikes (NWBB) and, at the time of the incident, had been conveying items on behalf of the NHS with his blue lights on.

He was airlifted to hospital but died from his injuries shortly afterwards.  

The driver of the Jaguar sustained minor injuries.

An inquest took place at Ribble Valley Town Hall in Clitheroe, concluding on Monday.  

Russell was the much-loved son of Kenneth, 80, and Pat, 80, brother to Philip, 56, and Susan, 54, and an adored uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Following the inquest conclusion, his father Kenneth said: “Russell had a very caring nature and always sought to put others before himself.  

“He was greatly loved by his family, friends and all who knew him, and he’s missed every single day.

“For Pat and myself; it has been particularly difficult as Russell lived with us and we miss his presence around the house, his beaming smile and comforting voice.  

“Susan and Philip also feel a great sorrow at losing their beloved brother and still find the whole thing very difficult to come to terms with.

“The impact and devastation on our lives since Russell was taken from us cannot be underestimated.  He was everything to us and we’ve all been left with a massive hole in our lives that no amount of time will ever fix.  

“However, we do take some comfort in the fact that Russell died doing what he loved and helping others.

“The inquest has been incredibly tough, having to relive everything, but we are grateful that we now have some answers.

“All we can do now is ensure that the memory of Russell is kept alive, and through all of us we continue to raise awareness of the blood bike community and the wonderful job they do as a voluntary service.”

The Westmorland Gazette | North Lancs