YOU CAN HELP: Benefit planned for crash survivor Britt Russell

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Six weeks after a driver hit her in The Admiral District, Britt Russell is out of the hospital, with a lot of healing left to do. Mission Cantina, where she was going to work that evening, has announced a benefit for January 25th – two weeks from tonight – and looking for donations and partners for the fundraiser. From Mission’s co-owners:

Our employee and friend Britt Russell was struck by a car a month ago in the Admiral Junction. She was on her way into Mission to work her shift at 4:50 pm. As she walked across California Avenue, she was hit by a vehicle traveling about 30 miles per hour. She was severely injured and was at Harborview up until this week. She has a shattered pelvis, cracked neck vertebrate, broken leg, and traumatic brain injury.

Mission is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, January 25th. We would greatly appreciate any donations to this cause. Mission will be donating 20% of all sales that evening. If your business would like to donate a portion of your sales at your establishment that night as well, please let me know. We will put your logo on a flyer that will go out on the West Seattle Blog and our website/ Instagram/ Facebook. If you would like to donate gift cards, hoodies, parties, tickets, etc. they will be auctioned off at Mission that night. All the proceeds will go directly to Britt. Georgetown Brewery has donated a keg to help with the fundraiser. All the proceeds from the sales of Manny’s Pale Ale that evening will go to Britt and her family.

Although she is improving greatly every day, she has a long recovery road ahead of her. She has been recently discharged and needs to begin paying rent at a new apartment that is wheelchair accessible. Not to mention the medical bills that have been piling up. Britt is from Australia and her mother has now moved to Seattle to take care of her. She is an amazing person, employee, and friend. Britt is an extremely hard worker. She was working three jobs at once and now has no form of income. She could really use the help.

Please feel free to contact Peter at any time with questions or donations. He can pick up donations anytime. On behalf of Britt’s employers, coworkers, friends, and family I would like to thank any and all donations. Hope to see you Wednesday, January 25th!

Peter Morse
Shawn Padilla
Tina Padilla

Best way to reach Peter is via e-mail –

P.S. The GoFundMe account for Britt is still open, too.

13 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP: Benefit planned for crash survivor Britt Russell"

  • Park West January 11, 2017 (4:52 pm)

    Is there going to be an auction or raffle which local business can donate a prize or item to?

    • themightyrabbit January 11, 2017 (6:01 pm)

      Yes – please read the text:

      “If you would like to donate gift cards, hoodies, parties, tickets, etc. they will be auctioned off at Mission that night.”

  • Peel & Press January 11, 2017 (8:03 pm)

    Peel & Press in the Morgan Junction will also be donating a percentage of that night’s sales to the cause.  I know a few other business have also stepped up to donate items for the auction.  Other restaurants are about to come online with percentages as well.  Let’s help Britt along the way with this recovery!

  • Kathy January 11, 2017 (8:28 pm)

    Great support for the victim. And a sober reminder that traffic collisions can disrupt a life in an instant, as well as the lives of those near and dear to her. I will be happy to contribute. 

  • Dave January 12, 2017 (12:19 am)

    Wow. It’s really great to see the community come together to help Britt and help others in the past. I’ll go to Peel and Press and Mission to help out. I think I’ve had Britt help me in the past. God speed.

  • Jeannie January 12, 2017 (12:55 am)

    What kind of health-care system do we have when Britt and family have to deal with not only very serious injuries, but enormous medical bills? 

    On the positive side, it’s heartening to see our community, including local restaurants, pitching in to help Britt and her family.

    • Swede. January 12, 2017 (9:20 am)

      A for profit health care system. It would be rather interesting to hear what her family think about it since Australia, and every other developed country on the planet, have a better functioning system…

      That being said, I’ll be popping in at Mission that evening not only for Britt but it’s also a very nice restaurant and bar. 

    • sad January 12, 2017 (10:08 am)

      Her best option, sadly, is to go back to Australia as soon as she can travel. The hospital bill collectors won’t be able to hassle her there, and she can get the ongoing care she’ll need. I wish this wasn’t the case. I will support Mission more in the future.

      • newnative January 12, 2017 (1:44 pm)

        I don’t understand why her medical bills and loss of wages won’t be covered by the driver’s insurance?

  • WestCake January 12, 2017 (6:24 am)

    I drive about 20mph down California now, sometimes 15 if a lot is going on, with my foot on the brake, real city driving here in West Seattle. The people behind me sometimes beep – I could care less, slow down, saves gas, your car, and lives. 

    • Krista C. January 12, 2017 (2:06 pm)

      Going that much slower than the speed limit is almost as dangerous as speeding. You are liable to cause an accident going 10 miles less than the speed limit.

      • Kathy January 13, 2017 (1:06 pm)

        Not unless the driver following breaks the law and passes unsafely to go around you or is distracted and rear ends you. Meanwhile the difference to a pedestrian is bumps and scratches versus permanent disability from a car going over 30 mph, whereas getting rear ended at the difference between 30 and 20 mph while you are cocooned in a vehicle wearing a seatbelt is not normally going to be catastrophic. So no, it is not “almost as dangerous” as going 10 mph under the speed limit.

  • Al January 12, 2017 (1:11 pm)

    I’m glad this happening. I was hit as well. There are no programs in Washington. Drivers slow down!!

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