AN art charity auction held last Saturday (April 9) at the Morven Gallery in Barvas, Lewis, raised over £13,700 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, the charity set up by the parents of the kidnapped aid worker killed following a rescue attempt by US forces in Afghanistan last October.
Around forty paintings, photographs and sculptures were donated by artists living and working in the Western Isles together with some with hebridean connections based on the mainland.
The total raised was far above what the Norgroves had anticipated.
Lorna Norgrove said after the auction: “We had originally anticipated a much smaller auction, but the response from the artistic community here has been absolutely fantastic.
“The auction grew because we were offered many more works – and not pieces from the back of the cupboard either, some beautiful paintings and sculptures.
“We received lots of bids before the auction, and the event itself attracted a big crowd who seemed to enjoy the day and were so generous with their bidding. In the end we received an average of 90 per cent of the prices that the works would have fetched in galleries.”
She continued: “Many people have assisted us in making this auction happen by donating their art, their services and their time, maximizing the funds that can go directly to women and children on the ground in Afghanistan.
“We’re both delighted and so, so grateful. To all of our supporters out there – thank you.”
The Linda Norgrove Foundation funds humanitarian work in Afghanistan aimed at helping women, children and families, and continues to work with Linda’s former employers DAI to identify potential future projects.