RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes 2015 shortlist announced

Finding Scotland's Real Heroes 2015 launch
RBS Finding Scotland's Real HeroesSTV

The shortlist of Scottish heroes has been unveiled ahead of the third series of RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes on STV.

The series, presented by Carol Smillie and sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland returns to STV later this year to recognise people who have dedicated their time to help enhance local communities across Scotland.

The year’s shortlist includes deserving Scots from Stonehaven to West Calder, and Nairn to Cupar, recognising the work local people are undertaking in their communities across the country.

This year’s categories include Community Project of the Year and Hero Animal of the Year as well as two new additional award categories including Mum or Dad of the Year and Fundraiser of the Year.

The overall winners will be voted for by the public and will be announced at a glittering, star studded televised awards ceremony later in the year.

Here is the 2015 shortlist in full:

COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

  • Ashley McIIvenny (include Me 2) - Barrhead, Glasgow
  • John O’Byrne (The John O’Byrne Foundation) - Bellahouston, Glasgow
  • Jessie Douglas (Richmond’s Hope) - Niddrie, Edinburgh

SPORTING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

  • Carol Jones (Kelvingrove Community Tennis Club) - Kelvingrove, Glasgow
  • Gregor Gardner (Azami Falkirk Judo Club) - Hallglen, Falkirk
  • Janice Millar (Kilmarnock Harriers) - Darvel, Ayrshire

HERO NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR

  • John O’Hara - East Glasgow
  • Donna Fitzpatrick - Fullerton, Irvine
  • Margaret ‘Mum’ Miller - Springboig, Glasgow

FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR

  • Liz Smillie - Prestwick
  • Tom Gilzean - Edinburgh
  • Linzi O’Neil - Fife

COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

  • Paragon Music - Glasgow
  • The Social Bite - Edinburgh
  • The Coming Home Centre - Glasgow

HERO MUM OR DAD

  • Pappinder Singh - Leith
  • Susan Hunter - Penicuik
  • Vicky Walker - Nairn

SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES COURAGE AWARD

  • Allison Barr - West Calder
  • Paul Surgeon - Kirkintilloch
  • Suzanne Davies - Stonehaven

CARER OF THE YEAR

  • Karen Anderson (Carers United) - Evanton
  • David Forbes (Future Choices) - Aberdeen
  • East Kilbride Dementia Carer’s Group - East Kilbride

YOUNG REAL HERO OF THE YEAR

  • Leah-Grace Kean - Baillieston, Glasgow
  • Lee Falconer - Maryhill, Glasgow
  • Best Buddies Edinburgh - Edinburgh

HERO ANIMAL OF THE YEAR

  • Damson the Dog (Canine Partners) - Slateford, Edinburgh
  • Jewel the Pony (Ravelrig RDA) - Ravelrig, Edinburgh
  • Spike the Dog (Hearing Dogs for Deaf People) - Cupar, Fife