Charity cards and calendars go on sale

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Christmas cards and calendars with a difference have gone on sale around Lewis and on-line.

Stunning photos taken in Afghanistan by Linda Norgrove – the aid worker tragically killed while working there – feature in this year’s Linda Norgrove Foundation calendar and range of cards.

This is the third year Linda’s extensive library of photographs has been used to create a calendar. Previous year’s versions have been a sell out and the range of unusual Christmas cards has been extended to include shots of a heavily laden donkey and girls juggling in the Afghan Children’s Circus, a project supported by the Foundation.

Lorna Norgrove said: “Linda loved taking photographs and the ones she took in Afghanistan really reflect how much she loved the country and its people. This year’s calendar also includes images taken by two of her friends who worked with her there and we hope it gives people a more positive view of the country than the one we see on the news.”

The calendar and packs of 12 cards all cost £10 each. Both are available in Stornoway from An Lanntair, the Baltic Bookshop, Nicholson’s Newsagents, Woodland’s Cafe, Lewis Crofters and also in the Uig shop. They can also be ordered through the website

Linda Norgrove was an aid worker from Uig in the Western Isles. She was working in Afghanistan for the second time when she was kidnapped and died in a failed rescue attempt in 2010. Her parents established the Linda Norgrove Foundation as they wanted something positive to come from the tragedy.

Since the Foundation was set up in 2010 it has distributed over half a million pounds to help women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan. It has funded almost 50 grass roots projects including orphanages which care for some of the country’s most disadvantaged disabled children, homes for widows, education for girls and emergency medical help for women who have been severely abused.