Scottish aid worker Linda Norgrove has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.
Ms Norgrove, who died in October during a US military-led rescue mission to free her from her Afghan captors, was given the award posthumously in recognition of her humanitarian work in Afghanistan.
Receiving the award on her behalf, her father John Norgrove said: “We are hugely honoured.
“As parents, we are immensely proud of her achievements and are determined that her name will live on in the work of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, which aims to help women and children in Afghanistan”.
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a group or individual who has saved, improved or enriched the lives of others, through personal self-sacrifice, selfless service or hands-on charitable work.
The award, now in its tenth year, was presented to Ms Norgrove’s family at the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, South Ayrshire, on Saturday.
Ms Norgrove’s mother added: “Linda lived life to the full and worked hard to change things for the better, both for poor people and for the environment.
“We do hope that her energy, compassion and sense of adventure will be an inspiration for other young people to say ‘yes’ to life’s opportunities and choose to live a life that matters.”
Presenting the award, Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: “Promoting tolerance and a shared humanity were of course themes that Robert Burns so often explored. Linda Norgrove clearly shared these values and through her work made a powerful difference in developing countries around the world.”
Graham Peterkin, chairman of the 2011 Burns Humanitarian Award judging panel, said: “The Norgrove family should be very proud of this brave and passionate woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice to help others – she was a true humanitarian and a very worthy recipient of this year’s award.”