Award for Linda Norgrove

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The achievements of the late Linda Norgrove were honoured at a ceremony at the weekend.

Her family picked up the posthumous award of the prestigious Robert Burns Humanitarian Award on her behalf.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, who nominated the late Ms Norgrove for the honour, attended the ceremony, held at the Museum at Robert Burns’ Birthplace of Alloway in Ayrshire.  Alasdair Allan commented: “Tonight’s honour is well deserved indeed. I know that Linda’s family are immensely proud, as is everyone in the Western Isles, of what Linda achieved in her life. Today’s award indicates that this pride is felt much more widely throughout Scotland and beyond. “The award is a highly appropriate one, as it seeks specifically to recognise the work of people who have given selflessly for others in need around the world. “Linda ultimately gave her life in the service of people living in poor and dangerous conditions in Afghanistan. She showed, throughout her humanitarian work there and in other countries, her outstanding commitment to the ideals of universal human brotherhood which Robert Burns himself espoused.  “The prize money will go to the Foundation established in Linda’s name to carry on her work in Afghanistan, and I hope that this award will now serve to bring that charity to greater public attention. This is indeed a well deserved award.”

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