Community cash helps search for Jamie Taggart

Friends and neighbours have donated more than £1,200 to help the search for botanist Jamie Taggart, who is still missing in Vietnam.

Annie Ferguson donated cash she had saved from collecting eggs.
Annie Ferguson donated cash she had saved from collecting eggs.

They include six year-old Annie Ferguson, who donated her £14.50 pocket money to the cause – she is a member of the 1st Cove and Kilcreggan Rainbows and this week received a special certificate, badge and plant after leaders heard of her generosity.

Jamie (42), runs Linn Gardens in Cove with his father Dr Jim Taggart, disappeared on November 1 while on a plant-hunting expedition in a mountainous area near the town of Sapa.

He is a retained firefighter and yellow ribbons have been tied outside Cove fire station as well as several houses – ribbons are now available in local shops for residents to pick up and wear or tie outside their homes.

Donations are still needed for searches and many contributions have been made direct to the Friends of the Linn, which is co-ordinating the funding.

Locally, collecting cans have already produced the following amounts:

  • Kilcreggan post office: £169.07
  • Cove post office: £206.75
  • Walker butchers in Kilcreggan: £159.93
  • The Lighthouse pub in Kilcreggan: £96.56
  • Kilcreggan Café: £99.63
  • The Buffet Shop in Helensburgh: £146.21
  • Ardardan garden centre: £49.37

Other local donations (including Annie’s) total £119.50, while Cove and Kilcreggan Film Society has given £200.

Jamie Taggart had been missing for four weeks before his family were told. Picture by Hannah Wilson
Jamie Taggart had been missing for four weeks before his family were told. Picture by Hannah Wilson

There are other collection points including the Chippy at Rosneath, Knockderry House Hotel, St. Modan’s Church, Craigrownie Church, Plantation florists in Helensburgh, New World Yacht Care, Cove and Kilcreggan mother and toddlers group, the village yoga group, Rosneath Castle Caravan Park Office, Cove Library and the Co-op in Rosneath.

The film society is holding a special screening of Sunshine on Leith and Children’s Matinee on February 8 to help the appeal – click here for more details.

Contributions can be made by a cheque made payable to ‘Friends of the Linn’ with the words, written on the back, “’for Jamie’.

The cheque should be sent to Mrs Rie Bellamy, treasurer, Friends of the Linn, Portkil House, Kilcreggan, Helensburgh, G84 0LF.

If a payment is to be made through a bank the details are as follows: Friends of the Linn, Bank of Scotland, Helensburgh branch, sort code 800831, account no 00704064. Again the words ‘for Jamie’ should be used.

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