Linda Norgove shortlisted for top award

Aid worker, Linda Norgrove has been shortlisted in the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award for her work in Afghanistan.

Ms Norgrove, who died earlier this year during a botched kidnap rescue by American special forces, is in the final three for the award which is presented annually to someone who has improved the lives of others through personal self-sacrifice.

Commenting on her shortlisting for the prestigious award, Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, who nominated Ms Norgrove for the award, said: “I am very pleased that Linda and her family have received this well deserved recognition for the remarkable contribution which Linda made to helping people in dangerous places around the world.

“The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award recognises selfless work of just the kind that Linda championed and ultimately gave her life for.

“I am glad to see that Linda is on a shortleet of just three names for the award, which will be presented on the 22nd January at a ceremony at the Burns Museum in Alloway.

“This recognition also provided a welcome opportunity to highlight the work which the Linda Norgrove Foundation is already doing in Afghanistan in Linda’s memory.”