Aid worker killed in raid may get award

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Linda Norgrove has been shortlisted for a posthumous humanitarian award for her "selfless" work in Afghanistan. The 36-year-old aid worker died in a failed rescue attempt by US special forces after being seized by militants in September.

Yesterday she was named as one of the final three nominees for the 2011 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. It is presented every year to someone who has "saved, improved or enriched the lives of others or society as a whole". The winner will receive 1759 guineas, which signifies the year of the bard's birth and the coinage then in circulation.

Also nominated are Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of the charity Mary's Meals, and Madhu Pandit Dasa, who set up the Akshaya Patra Foundation.