The parents of a Selkirk woman who died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma aged just 25 have pledged a “significant legacy” to the Abbotsford Trust .
As part of the donation, Jim and Kath McCallum have gifted a bust of Sir Walter Scott to the trust, in memory of their daughter Shirley Lowthian.
The bust, which used to hang in The Fleece Hotel, is now displayed in the Abbotsford visitor centre.
In recognition of the couple’s donation, an education room in the historic house will be named The Shirley Ann McCallum Lecture Room.
It will be used for a range of educational activities as part of the trust’s commitment to enhancing knowledge and understanding about the life and legacy of Scott.
It will also contain some of Shirley’s own personal memorabilia and tell the story of her life, dedication to her family, beloved horses and courage in her fight against such a cruel disease.
Jim said: “We have spent 17 years relentlessly searching for the ideal memorial to our precious girl.
“I made a heartfelt pledge to Shirley – our only child – that she would never be forgotten and through this new learning centre at Abbotsford, we believe we have found the ideal way to ensure that her precious memory will be treasured. Kath and I believe that by making this donation to Abbotsford, we will be creating a legacy for our daughter that will inspire others who learn about her.”
Jason Dyer, chief executive of the Abbotsford Trust, said: “We are exceptionally grateful to Jim and Kath for their generous donation.”
The house is due to open on July 4 following a multi-million pound refurbishment.