RBS Finding Scotland's Real Heroes: The Awards 2014

RBS Finding Scotland's Real Heroes - The Awards
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The worthy winners of the 2014 RBS Finding Scotland's Real Heroes accolades were announced in a glittering, star studded awards ceremony, broadcast on STV on Tuesday (October 14).

Hosted by Carol Smillie, the awards recognised local champions from across Scotland who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people in their area.

A host of famous faces presented the 11 awards including Nicholas McDonald of X Factor fame, actor Bill Paterson, The Riverside Show presenting duo David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch and Taggart star Alex Norton.

The Scottish public were asked to nominate friends, neighbours or groups who they thought deserved to be recognised earlier this year and the judging panel revealed a shortlist of nominees after an overwhelming response.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: "To stand out from thousands of entries, our nominees are all doing something pretty remarkable. But their commitment, energy and inspiration are typical of the truly inspiring Scots who go the extra mile for their community. This awards ceremony on STV is a great way to celebrate and reward their achievement."

Chris Wilson, Royal Bank of Scotland’s managing director of branch and private banking in Scotland, said: "We're really pleased at how successful this year's series of RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes has been and the way the Scottish public has got behind all of the finalists. It's important to celebrate the extraordinary lengths people in communities all around Scotland go to make a difference to the lives of those around them."

The Winners

Community Champion of the Year

Margaret Gibb has served on the committee of the West of Scotland Play Scheme for the last 15 years - which oversees the running of over 350 groups across the west of Scotland.

Based in Bellshill, South Lanarkshire, Margaret has worked tirelessly to provide play for children in the area for almost 40 years.

Accepting the award, she said to Clare Grogan: "I must thank my family for putting up with me and to everyone who voted for me - because they know a star when they see one!"

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Carer of the Year

Maw’s Mafia run The EK Hangout - a club for young adults with learning disabilities based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire.

The four women all have sons who attend the club, which aims to allow the young people to set up strong friendships with people their own age.

Accepting the award from Bill Paterson, they said: "Oh my goodness. We are overwhelmed by all of this!"

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Hero Neighbour of the Year

Mo and Roxy Razzaq provide deliveries to the elderly and disabled in their local Blantyre community. They are the owners of a neighbourhood shop and also offer a 'losers lotto' to regular customers.

Mo and Roxy run the local football team as well as giving milk and groceries to the primary school.

Picking up the award from Anita Manning and Des Clarke, Mo said: "All I can say is thank you for voting for me and my wife. And we thank the community of Blantyre - without them we couldn't have done anything we've been doing."

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Environmental Project of the Year

Saltburn Woodland Walk in Invergordon was once an aluminium smelter. Over a number of years, Bob Brown and Sandy Adams have dedicated their time to transforming it into the lovely woodland walk it is today.

The pair, who are both retired, carried out all the work with their bare hands. And a small tractor!

Accepting the award from Ron Donachie, Sandy said: "It is a great honour to be here. The satisfaction is seeing people using what we've done. We're delighted."

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Scotland's Young Real Hero of the Year

The Volunteers of the Glasgow 77th (Disabled) Scout Group run their sessions for boys aged eight to 25 with physical disabilities and life limiting conditions. All the volunteers are in their teens or early twenties.

Each week they pair up one-on-one with a member of the group for activities, adventure and personal development.

Picking up the award from Nicky McDonald and Real Heroes panel member Lisa McKechnie, they said: "Everyone should have an adventure and these guys make that possible. Thank you to the Scouts - they are our inspiration."

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RBS Community Project of the Year

The Driving Force provide free hospital transport to cancer patients and people with other long-term illnesses.

Based in Bonnybridge, Falkirk, the service gives people with cancer the opportunity to regain a sense of purpose by hiring them as volunteer drivers. The local volunteers also fundraise and aim to provide a free, friendly and reliable means of getting to and from hospital.

Picking up the award from Bill Paterson and Hazel Brydon, Bridget McCalister said: "Thanks to all the volunteers, without whom the charity wouldn't have achieved all that we have."

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Hero Animal of the Year

Sid the Horse is a much loved member of the Aberdeen Riding for the Disabled team.

Based at Milltimber, Sid's great temperament means he is the ideal horse for the riders.

Picking up the award on behalf of Sid, the RDA said: "Sid is very sorry he's not with us, he's being a true hero and shirking the limelight. We believe Sid is a hugely worthy winner, he is very special."

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Sporting Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Campbell is an instructor at Camran Taekwondo, aiming to provide low cost lessons for children in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

Andrew sometimes gives free lessons for kids in his area too!

Collecting his award from Sarah Clark and Jayd Johnson, Andrew said: "I'm lost for words. To get it off a fellow martial artist is great. Thanks to my wife for putting up with me!"

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Community Entrepreneur of the Year

Vicki McCarthy set up the specialist centre REACH for Autism in Greenock, Inverclyde.

Vicki has a daughter with autism and was inspired to create a social enterprise cafe for autistic people and their families.

Accepting her award from Kelly Cates and Real Heroes panel member John Boyle, she said: "I wasn't expecting this at all. My amazing daughter is the inspiration behind Reach for Autism."

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Scotland's Real Hero Courage Award

Jenny Cook has raised over £30,000 for Yorkhill Children’s Charity and the Catherine McEwan foundation. The 10-year-old from East Kilbride was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis aged just four.

'Wee Jenny Cook' as she is known has fundraised tirelessly for the charities close to her heart.

Accepting the award from David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch, she said: "This is for everyone who fundraises for Yorkhill and the Catherine McEwan foundation."

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RBS Scotland's Real Hero of the Year Award

Margaret Gibb, who picked up the Community Champion award for her work with playschemes in Bellshill, took the overall award of the night.

Accepting it, an emotional Margaret said: "This all started with a housing estate with 400 houses and the children had nowhere to go. I chapped doors until I found a hall and children who started at three are now bringing their own children. It's smashing."

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You can catch up on the awards on the STV Player.