A fundraising dinner to help bring an injured young woman to Scotland for vital treatment raised over £10,000.
Farah Javed is the niece of the Rev. Aftab Gohar, minister at Grangemouth’s Abbotsgrange Church. She was paralysed in a terrorist bombing at his home church in Peshawar, Pakistan in September.
Several members of his family, including his mother, were killed while many others were seriously injured.
Mr Gohar wants to bring Farah (23) to this country as she cannot get the rehabilitation to walk again in Pakistan.
Last month, The Falkirk Herald launched a fundraising campaign to bring her here for treatment.
First Minister Alex Salmond has also pledged support and his special advisors are in talks with doctors and officials in Pakistan.
Donations have already been received and last Thursday a fundraising dinner was held in the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth.
Organised by 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron of which Mr Gohar is padre, it had over 175 guests and raised £10,540.
Thanking everyone for their support, organiser Iain Mitchell said: “Working with the Leapark Hotel, the cadets, the speakers – Sandy Strang, Eric Davidson and John McKelvie, and most importantly, those who supported the night was one of the easiest tasks I have ever been involved with. Why? Because the cause is such a deserving one.”
The Leapark Hotel has also pledged to donate money raised from its Christmas party night raffles to the fund.
Mr Gohar said: “On behalf of my whole family I wish to thank everyone who is fundraising.”