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A father’s loving legacy

19 Feb 2020

Celebrate our people changing lives by nominating them for Volunteer of the Year Award

John Norgrove

Do you know someone who changes peoples’ lives, and whose story could inspire us all? Then nominate them for our Volunteer of the Year Award (VOTY).

Previous winners include bereaved father, John Norgrove, who set up a charity following his aid worker daughter’s death in Afghanistan.

John is a co-founder and trustee of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, which he established with his wife following the death of their daughter, Linda. She had been kidnapped while working as an aid-worker in Afghanistan and was killed during a failed rescue attempt.

The charity supports female medical students with scholarships; provides widows with a sustainable source of income; funds an orphanage for disabled children; provides surgeries for dozens of the poorest Afghan children and much more.

Linda, who took her PhD at the University’s Institute for Development Policy and Management between 1999 and 2003 under the supervision of Professor David Hulme, was posthumously awarded an outstanding alumni award by the University in 2011.

John (BSc Hons Civil Engineering, 1971), who was honoured in the alumni section of VOTY 2016, said: "I’m so delighted. It’s an award from the University where we both studied, and for helping women and children in Afghanistan, a cause that would have been so close to her heart."

Nominate now

The deadline for nominations is Monday (2 March).

Be inspired by other stories of our past winners and place your nomination on the Volunteer of the Year Awards website.