THE Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT), a charity set up to help bring home the bodies of Irish people who die abroad, was the beneficiary of £17,150 raised by Eskra’s annual Rudolph Run which took place before Christmas.
In September last year KBRT returned the body of Eskra man Paul Murray to his loved ones after his tragic death in England whilst he was training for the Dublin Marathon.
The Rudolph Run was in memory of Paul who was a committed member of Knockmany Running Club.
Along with his wife Tracy, he played a major part in the many events that were organised over the last six years, with numerous charitable organisations benefiting from over £50,000 raised since the club was founded.
Expressing her gratitude to KBRT, Tracy said, “Whenever Paul was killed, I had not even heard about any organisation like The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. It was great to have their support at such a difficult time. In fact, they have helped so many Irish people in this way.”
Tracy thanked everyone who supported her family at the time of Paul’s death and who also helped to make the fundraiser a huge success.
A spokesperson for Knockmany Running Club said, “Paul was always very supportive of club members – particularly new members and he ensured they felt welcome. He had an extremely positive attitude which rubbed off on all those around him. One of his roles in the Rudolph Run was that of Pacer, where he encouraged, cajoled and in some cases almost dragged runners to the finish line, ensuring they achieved their target times.”
“It is fitting that the club’s flagship event would be used to honour Paul and help raise funds for the KBRT, which was very supportive of Tracy and her family following Paul’s untimely death.”
In Eskra Community Centre last Friday, many of Paul and Tracy’s friends, including those who helped with the Rudolph Run, presented a cheque to Colin Bell of the KBRT. The fantastic sum of £17,150 was handed over by Gemma and Conal Murray (Paul and Tracy’s children).
Speaking on behalf of the Trust, Colin Bell, who set up the charity following the death of his son Kevin in New York in 2013, said the large sum of money was an “unbelievable act of generosity by so many people.”
The total money raised came from the 2015 Rudolph Run, private and online donations and a feis organised by the O’Kane School of Irish Dancing.
For further information on the work of the KBRT or to make a donation, go to the charity’s website www.kevinbellrepatriationtrust.com