FoCH Chair, Jo, almost deleted the email thinking it was junk! What a mistake that would have been! It was the offer of another very substantial donation, from Mr. Bill Twigger, American penfriend of Jo's father, Dr. Hamilton Currie, who was doctor at Chitambo during the 1960s and 70s.
More correctly, the offer was from Bill's daughter, Nancy, a community pharmacist in Arizona, USA. Sadly, Bill passed away in January 2017, aged 96. Please see his obituary here: Click here
|Mr. Bill Twigger|
|Bill, wife June and daughter Nancy|
Bill, a former Customs Broker in Pennsylvania, USA, had contacted Jo and her sisters some years ago, by email. Again, they were a bit suspicious but soon realised the contact was entirely genuine! Here are some extracts from Bill's letter to them titled, My Story:
I'll bring this epistle to a close by telling you that, in the not-too-distant future, you will receive an envelope containing some photographs and other trappings from my years of correspondence with your very special father and my dear friend. With intentional irreverence, I now hereby declare that Hamilton Currie will be among the first "people" I'll be seeking on that blessed day when my Lord and Master calls me home to Glory. Cordially yours,
The envelope duly arrived, to Jo's delight. Sadly, the sisters later lost touch with Bill. However, he had not forgotten them. The reason his daughter, Nancy, contacted Jo was to say that her Dad had left a note specifying a wish to make a large donation to Friends of Chitambo, in memory of his penpal:
"Because I have wanted (ever since his untimely death) to make a substantial gift to the African (Zambian) enterprise which my pen-pal Milton Currie directed for 25 years, I want you to send a bank draft in the amount of 5000 Pounds Sterling (about $3700) to Jo . Ask her to arrange the purchase of some piece of equipment which the hospital at is in need of."