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Scholarship remembers 7/7 victim
Philip Russell
Philip Russell died on the bus blown up in Tavistock Square
A fund set up in memory of a Kent victim of the London bombings has awarded its first travel scholarships to students at his old university.

Philip Russell, 28, was one of 13 people who died in the bus bomb in Tavistock Square, London last July.

Mr Russell's parents, Grahame and Veronica, from East Peckham, sat on the panel which awarded its first 5,000 grant to 23-year-old Tanya Cunningham.

She will use it to spend six months doing voluntary work in Cambodia.

The Kingston University law student intends to work on humanitarian projects for the charity Legal Services for Children and Women.

Mr Russell said her commitment to the project impressed the judges.

"She was professional, what she wanted to do was a really good cause and she really wanted to do it," he said.

Tanya Cunningham
Law student Tanya Cunningham received a 5,000 grant

Three grants of 1,000 were also awarded to allow students to work with children in Nepal.

Mrs Russell said everyone involved in fundraising supported the idea of the travel scholarship.

"Since the age of four, when we spent a couple of months in America, Philip always seemed to enjoy travelling, so it seemed a good idea," she said.

Her husband said that he knew of at least 28 trusts set up by the 52 families bereaved in the London bombings.

"It is tremendous - so a lot of good has come from a traumatic tragedy," he said.

"The travel scholarship is a tremendous remembrance of Philip.

"We are proud of him and the fact that the Philip Russell Scholarship has been inaugurated and will go on for many years to come."




SEE ALSO
Obituary: Philip Russell
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