The Barefoot Doctor [Stephen Russell] helped with fundraising events. He has now resigned. He did not work with clients.
Explaining why there was a PDF on Life’s 4 Living’s website implying that Russell did work with clients, Lynton stated that
Over many months discussions took place and documents were worked up and updated until by December 2007 the final version was ready to post on the website. Unfortunately, the wrong document was posted. It was not the final version as approved by the directors and trustees of Life’s 4 Living Trust but a much earlier draft. This early draft was posted in error.
As soon as this mistake was discovered, early in 2008, the posting was removed from the website and replaced by the correct version. However, until the last few days it appears that the old posting was still available, if only on the server.
Of course, we all make mistakes. However, we thought it might be worth checking some of the details around Russell’s role in Life’s 4 Living. Some of what we found raises additional questions:
Creation Film & TV will create a powerful 3 part documentary called Life’s 4 Living. Accompanied by our Patron – Barefoot Doctor (AKA Stephen Russell) the film follows a group of five children (ages 5 – 12 years old) and five young adults (ages 16 – 24 years old) on a journey of healing and discovery – which will take them all the way to China where they will experience the ancient healing arts of World-Leading Masters.
To me, that implies that Russell will be accompanying the children and young people on their journey to China. Of course, Sutton might be mistaken herself – but if the charity’s Director is in the dark about such issues, one wonders how she can fulfil her responsibilities re. child protection.
- We have a saved copy of the PDF that Life’s 4 Living apparently placed on their website in error. Looking at the file properties shows us that this PDF was created on 7/12/07; the ‘correct’ PDF (that Lynton states was prepared in December) was created on 19/2/08 (both using Adobe InDesign). I am not sure how this squares with Lynton’s claim that this ‘earlier draft’ of the document was “a much earlier draft” than the one they had prepared in December.
- We have seen a video of a Brighton fundraising event where Russell states that “we will take a child…along with one of their parents to some of the world’s leading holistic experts”. It would be easy to get the sense from this that Russell is working with Life’s 4 Living clients.
Hopefully, Life’s 4 Living will be able to clarify what is going on with this – and post a copy of their policy for the protection of vulnerable clients, so that we can see what protection they offer.