Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning actor. His first big break was as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter (1986). Throughout the 1990s, he appeared in nearly 20 films and television series, as well as making numerous television guest appearances.
More recently, Brian has had roles in some major films, including The Ring (2002), X-Men 2 (2003), Troy (2004) and the brilliant Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for his accomplishments in theatre, film and television.
Brian was elected rector of the University of Dundee in February 2010 and re-elected in 2013.
Brian sent this wonderful message,
“Journey for Jane is a wonderful way of honouring the memory of a young woman who was taken from a loving family long before her time. Craig and Graeme should be incredibly proud of the work they are doing in ensuring that Jane’s memory lives on.
The University of Dundee was clearly a great influence in Jane’s life and establishing a cultural exchange with the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow is a fitting tribute to her. The journey ahead may be a hard one, but I am sure that knowing that they are raising money for this great cause and the charity PETAL will give Craig and Graeme the incentive they need to keep going strong.
I would encourage everyone to give what they can, however small, in memory of a loved and cherished daughter, sister and friend.
Jayd Johnson is a Scottish actress best known for her portrayal of Nicki Cullen in River City and her BAFTA-winning role as Paddy Meehan in the 2011 BBC Television adaptation of Denise Mina’s novel, The Field of Blood. The second series of The Field of Blood began on 8th August, 2013.
Jayd began attending drama classes aged eight and landed her first professional acting job at 11 in the film Dear Frankie, starring Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler. More recently, Jayd is co-producer of the upcoming film, Mate, directed by Mark Dorrian. It is a film of intrigue and friendship set against the context of the youth culture of Glasgow.
Jayd is one of Scotland’s most exciting young actors and we feel privileged that she supports our journey.
“I think journey for Jane is an incredible way of honouring Jane’s memory. Turning a terrible tragedy into something so charitable and selfless is just incredible. I urge everyone to donate as much or as little as they can and support the cause. Craig and his dad are inspirational and deserve nothing but love and support. Well done for all your work so far and I hope everyone donates. Lots of love Jayd x”
With his popular morning radio show and a string of TV credits, Fred MacAulay is undoubtedly one of the most famous faces of Scottish comedy today. His reputation is the culmination of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.
Before his comedy career took off, Fred studied at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA in Accountancy and Jurisprudence. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the University in 2006 in appreciation of his time there as Rector. Fred was a popular, positive and supportive rector who has continued to take an interest in the life of the University.
Fred sent us this touching message,
“Hi Craig…..just wanted to wish you and your dad all the best for your journey to Moscow. It’ll be an emotional one for sure as you’ll be thinking of Jane all the time. Best wishes, Fred.”
Shona Robison has been an MSP since 1999, first serving as list MSP for the North East and in 2003 she was elected constituency MSP for Dundee East. Despite being born in Redcar, educated in Alva, and a graduate of Glasgow University, Shona has become a passionate advocate for Dundee, the city she calls home with her husband and daughter.
Following the 2011 election, Shona was made Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.
Shona sent us this lovely message:
“I think the concept of Jane’s Journey is a wonderful one, though heartbreaking and poignant too.
In their preparations for the trip to Russia and the trip itself, Craig and his father will no doubt feel an extra closeness to her as it is a legacy to them of Jane’s fond wish to go there. They will be continuing the family’s annual holidays of exploration in which she will be ever-present in their thoughts. I am moved by their recollections of her and their wish to remember her as she was and to recognise her artistic talent as a fine art student at Duncan of Jordanstone College by developing links with the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. The aim of having an exchange of art and ideas between Dundee and Russia is a fitting tribute to Jane and something other students will benefit from in future.
Jane’s Journey is a moving and poignant tribute to the sister and daughter they loved.”
Charles Monteith Walker attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee from 1978-1982 where his influences at this time included Alberto Morrocco and David McClure.
His work has become increasingly more bold in colour and composition, mixing imagery, symbols and shapes from a variety of different sources both geographically and historically. Charles is one of Scotland’s most renowned and loved artists.
Charles sent us this message:
“How very sorry I am to hear of the loss of your sister.
I wish you and your father the all best of luck with your journey to Moscow and all your worthy fundraising efforts.
Charles Monteith Walker”
Sergey Krutikov , Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh, provided us with this message of support.
“We at the Consulate General were deeply touched when we first heard Jane’s story. We were also impressed with the way Jane’s family copes with the tragic and unfair loss, the way that truly deserves any support. And now, when Graeme and Craig depart to Russia we sincerely hope they will find comfort in their Journey for Jane, and that the outcome of this trip will also give artistic young people in Scotland and Russia an opportunity to discover the whole new world of each other’s art and culture.
John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as Jolomo, is a Scottish contemporary artist. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to art and charity in Scotland. John sent us this kind message:
“I AM KEEN TO PASS MY PERSONAL BEST WISHES TO THE KELLY FAMILY IN ALL THAT THEY ARE SETTING OUT TO ACHIEVE IN MEMORY OF JANE. TO DEVELOP SOMETHING SO POSITIVE OUT OF SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS IS SIMPLY MARVELLOUS.
I SPENT A HUGELY REWARDING PART OF MY FOURTH YEAR AT GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART AT EAST PARK SCHOOL WORKING WITH KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND KNOW FIRST HAND THE HUGE BENEFITS THAT FLOW FROM ART THERAPY.
John Lowrie Morrison OBE, Tayvallich, September 2013″