Boost for Abbotsford fundraising


LornaDuncan4-630x309Boost for Abbotsford fundraising – The Abbotsford Trust has announced the appointment of Lorna Duncan as Major Gifts Fundraising manager.

The Trust, which runs Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home near Melrose in the Scottish Borders, is currently overseeing a major regeneration project  at the historic property which will see the opening of a new visitor centre later this year.

The main house is scheduled to re-open in 2013 following after vital restoration and refurbishment.

Through a combination of public and private sources, The Abbotsford Trust has so far raised 75% of the £14 million it believes is required to ensure Abbotsford’s future however a further £3.7 million is still needed to ensure the property’s long-term financial security.

Lorna’s newly-created role will see her spearhead a major fundraising drive with businesses and private individuals in addition to running a number of legacy, membership and regular giving projects to attract additional donations.

She has extensive experience in the fundraising sector having worked as Director of Development at The Edinburgh Academy Foundation raising funds for School projects including the building of a new science centre, in addition to roles as Head of Fundraising for ScotsCare (formerly the Royal Scottish Corporation) in London and as South of Scotland Area Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Care.  She currently lives near Earlston in the Scottish Borders.

Jason Dyer, Chief Executive, The Abbotsford Trust said; “We have been extremely well supported to date and have raised over £10 million to restore and protect one of Scotland’s most precious cultural assets, however we still need to raise a further £3.7 million 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 main house at Abbotsford is currently closed to the public but will re-open in 2013. A new Visitor Centre is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in Summer 2012.

Donations can be made via the Abbotsford website or by contacting The Trust on 01896 752043.


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