Edinburgh picture book in lockdown raises over £20,000 for St Columba’s Hospice


Stuart Montgomery with the £20,000 check he raised for St Columbas’ Hospice

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Edinburgh: The Silent City brought together a collection of Montgomery’s photographs of the deserted capital with reflections on life in the city in which he has lived by the concert pianist who teaches at the Edinburgh City School of Music.

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At the time, Montgomery said: “In the midst of the terrible sadness and challenges for everyone during lockdown, I felt like I wanted to do something positive. Living in the center of Edinburgh, my once-daily ‘essential exercise’ walk took me straight into the capital’s high streets with my camera. He couldn’t believe the scenes he was witnessing; in the middle of the day, deserted streets without people or traffic”.

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He continued, “For years I dreamed of these scenes. Now I was able to fulfill my dream and record scenes that had not been possible before. Each photograph has a story to tell. I take pictures and write about what I see, the central image, the color of the sky, specific features, and anything else that might be of notable interest.”

This week, some 14 months later, Montgomery learned that he had not only met but exceeded his £20,000 fundraising target for the charity that provides end-of-life and palliative care to people with incurable diseases and their families.

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He confirmed: “I have been raising money for St Columba’s Hospice and can confirm that the Hospice has contacted me to say that I have reached my £20,000 target this week. This is wonderful news.”

In a letter to Montgomery, Jon Heggie, Director of Revenue Generation at St Columba’s Hospice, wrote: “We wanted to take a moment to congratulate you and thank you for exceeding your £20,000 fundraising goal through sales. from his book, ​Edinburgh: The Silent City.

“It’s exciting to see how popular the book has become, with copies being shipped all over the world.” Both the continued production and sales of the book are testament to his hard work and commitment to raising funds for St. Columba’s Hospice Care; We cannot thank you enough for choosing to take us on this journey with you.

At a ‘big check’ presentation at the Hospice’s Iona Café on Boswall Road on Thursday, January 27, Montgomery handed over the funds.

When the book was first published, Montgomery explained his choice of charity: “My mother was cared for so wonderfully in her final weeks and I am dedicating my book to my father George who has always been my great guide and inspiration throughout of my life.”

Therefore, the photographer and writer was pleased that his father could be present at the presentation, saying: “He and I took care of my mother during the last weeks of her life”, adding: “Sales have been fantastic and My book has traveled all over the world. worldwide during 2021. I have secured a reprint with my publishers, so more money will be raised during 2022.”

The reprint will be available starting next week.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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