Minister to visit quake-hit Indian school

New India school pics with Rev Tom McDonald
New India school pics with Rev Tom McDonald

KELSO North and Ednam Parish Church minister, the Reverend Tom McDonald, will be winging his way to northern India next month to find out how badly a unique children’s home was hit by an earthquake.

Last week, TheSouthern reported on the long-term fundraising link which has existed between the Kelso and Ednam congregations and the Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong.

About 400 of the students are supported by organisations including Kelso North and Ednam Parish Church.

Although none of the youngsters or members of staff were injured, substantial damage was caused by the earthquake.

The church’s kirk session has given Mr McDonald three weeks’ leave of absence to enable him to make a return visit to the region and find out the extent of the rebuilding work needed. He was in Kalimpong for seven weeks last year on study leave.

The trip is being made possible through the generosity of benefactor, Donald Munro, who has been a supporter and friend of the church for a number of years.

Mr Munro founded and runs Strathclyde Pharmaceuticals in East Kilbride.

As well as funding Mr McDonald’s trip, Mr Munro has donated £10,000 to the disaster fund set up to rebuild the wrecked cottages at Kalimpong and other damaged buildings such as the hospital. The cottages house the students.

Mr McDonald will be in India from November 17 to December 13. Anyone wishing contribute to the disaster fund can do so by contacting him on 01573 224677 or emailing