Hollywood star Hugh Grant has stepped in to help the search for botanist Jamie Taggart, who is missing in Vietnam.
The BAFTA-winning star of Four Weddings and a Funeral has a family connection to Linn Gardens in Cove, which is run by Jamie and his father Dr Jim Taggart.
Hugh Grant’s father James spent some of his teenage years at Linn during the second world war, and the house was designed by his great-grandfather William Martin.
Hugh and his father visited the Linn in 2007, meeting Jamie and Jim Taggart, and this week the actor’s office confirmed that a donation was being made to the Jamie Taggart Search fund ‘from Hugh Grant and his father James with very good wishes’.
Jamie Taggart (42) disappeared in November while on a plant-hunting expedition in northern Vietnam.
Friends and neighbours in the Cove and Kilcreggan area have raised thousands of pounds to help fund the search for the volunteer firefighter, with donations also being sent direct to the Friends of the Linn charity.
Search parties are still combing sections of the Hoang Lien national park, concentrating on two specific areas which were identified for further exhaustive search.
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.