Earlston fundraiser to take on Abbotsford House task

Lorna Duncan, Major Gifts Fundraising Manager, The Abbotsford Trust.
Lorna Duncan, Major Gifts Fundraising Manager, The Abbotsford Trust.

EARLSTON’S Lorna Duncan has been appointed Abbotsford House major gifts fundraising manager, as the estate attempts to find a further £3.7million to secure the property’s long-term future.

The newly-created role will see Lorna, who has previously worked to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Edinburgh Academy Foundation, spearhead a cash drive to help complete the £14million project.

Jason Dyer, chief executive of The Abbotsford Trust, said: “We have been extremely well supported to date and have raised over £10million to restore and protect one of Scotland’s most precious cultural assets, however, we still need to raise a further £3.7million to make sure the project will be in a secure financial position in the years to come. Lorna has the ideal experience to drive this element of the project forward and we are delighted that she has joined the Abbotsford team.”

The regeneration project will see the opening of a new visitor centre this summer in addition to the reopening of the main house in 2013, following vital restoration and refurbishment.

Donations can be made via www.scottsabbotsford.co.uk or by contacting The Trust on 01896 752043.