Linda Norgrove Foundation backed by art auction

PROCEEDS from an art auction on the Isle of Lewis will boost the charity launched in memory of Scottish aid worker Linda Norgrove.

Ms Norgrove, who lived on Lewis, was killed when a mission to free her from Afghan kidnappers went wrong.

The Linda Norgrove Foundation was set up in her memory to fund humanitarian work, initially in Afghanistan, aimed at helping women, children and families.

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The foundation is now working with Linda's former employers Development Alternatives Inc to identify appropriate projects.

The auction will be held on 9 April at the Morven Gallery in Barvas and feature works from nearly 30 artists who have a connection with Lewis, including Steve Dilworth, Kenneth Burns, and David Greenall.

John and Lorna Norgrove, Linda's parents and founders of the charity, said in a statement: "We have been bowled over by the fantastic response from the artistic community, mainly on the Western Isles.

"Everybody we have asked has contributed and we have been given some lovely paintings, sculptures and photographs to auction.

"All money raised will go directly to women and children in need in Afghanistan."