Foun­da­tion’s ap­peal for funds leads to re­mark­able re­sponse

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE par­ents of Linda Nor­grove, the Western Isles aid worker who died in a failed rescue at­tempt in Afghanistan in 2010, have been over­whelmed by the re­sponse to their lat­est ap­peal for funds.

John and Lorna Nor­grove used their an­nual news­let­ter to ex­plain they had de­cided to do­nate an ad­di­tional £20,000 of their own sav­ings to help fund new projects and they asked their sup­port­ers to match the funds.

As John ex­plained: ‘We have sev­eral great long-term projects that rely on our reg­u­lar funds where it’s im­pos­si­ble to stop fund­ing with­out dire im­me­di­ate con­se­quences.

‘But at the same time we con- stantly re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions for in­spi­ra­tional new projects and with our dwin­dling funds we sim­ply weren’t able to sup­port them.’

In­clud­ing a Gift Aid el­e­ment, their ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion amounted to £25,000. So in their Christ­mas news­let­ter, John and Lorna asked people to help match that in the hope they could raise a to­tal of £ 50,000 to al­low them to sup­port some of these new projects.

As they ex­plained: ‘We have de­vel­oped a com­mit­ment over the past six years and don’t feel ready to stop when so many people’s life chances de­pend on the Linda Nor­grove Foun­da­tion’s sup­port – es­pe­cially now that other char­i­ties have scaled back their op­er­a­tions, leav­ing Afghans feel­ing aban­doned.’

And they have been over­whelmed by the re­sponse to their ap­peal. As Lorna Nor­grove said: ‘Ev­ery day the post­man was bring­ing new cheques and our funds were in­creas­ing at the rate of more than £1,000 per day. We have also dou­bled the amount we re­ceive in reg­u­lar do­na­tions.’

The special ap­peal has seen al­most £55,000 more raised than in the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year. To­gether with John and Lorna’s con­tri­bu­tion and Gift Aid they ex­pect to raise more than £115,000 since the ap­peal.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.lin­danor­grove­foun­da­tion.org.

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