Shortlist announced for RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes

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Hero hunt: The shortlist to find Scotland's Real Hero for 2014 has been announced.STV

A shortlist of real Scottish heroes has been unveiled ahead of the second series of RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes.

The series, presented by Carol Smillie, pays tribute to people whose hard work, ingenuity, ambition and generosity has improved local communities across Scotland.

The shortlist of nominees has been selected by a dedicated jury and will feature in a series of programmes to be aired this autumn with the overall winners being celebrated in a glittering televised awards ceremony later in the year.

Across the five episodes, 'star reporters' will visit each of the nominees to interview them on their work in the community and their thoughts on the nomination for a Real Hero award.

The star reporters this year include The X Factor runner-up Nicholas McDonald, STV weather presenter Sean Batty and River City actor Stephen Purdon.

The year’s shortlist includes deserving Scots from Wick to West Lothian, and Skye to South Lanarkshire, recognising the amazing work local people are undertaking in their communities across the country.

The categories include Carer of the Year, Young Real Hero of the Year and a new award for Hero Animal of the Year.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: "The response to this year’s call for Real Heroes has been overwhelming. There are so many people working quietly in communities and it is fantastic that we are able to recognise them with this new series of RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes.

"There are some truly inspiring stories and this autumn it will be over to the STV viewers to vote for the nominees they believe most deserve to win an award."


Community Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jim McConkey - Cardonald, Glasgow
  • Vicki McCarthy (REACH for Autism) - Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Ross Cowie (Lucky2BHere) - Portree, Isle of Skye

Sporting Volunteer of the Year

  • Elaine McKenna (Special Olympics Lothian) - Blackburn, West Lothian
  • Pat Bannan (Bannan Fitness Club) - Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
  • Andrew Campbell (Camran Taekwando) - Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire

Hero Neighbour of the Year

  • Ann Graham - Riverside, Stirling
  • Mo and Roxy Razzaq - Blantyre, South Lanarkshire
  • Margaret (Garry) Robertson - Wick, Caithness

Community Champion of the Year

  • Bathgate Street Pastors - Bathgate, West Lothian
  • Jackie McIntosh (MS Therapy Centre) - Inverness, Highlands
  • Margaret Gibb (West of Scotland Play Scheme) - Bellshill, South Lanarkshire

RBS Community Project of the Year

  • Fet Lor - Pilton, Edinburgh
  • The Driving Force - Bonnybridge, Falkrik
  • The Serenity Cafe - Edinburgh

Environmental Project of the Year

  • Saltburn Woodland - Invergordon, Highlands (Robert Brown and Sandy Adams)
  • Yooz Reuse & Recycling - Bellshill, North Lanarkshire
  • Killie Can Cycle - Kilmarnock, East Ayshire

Scotland's Real Heroes Courage Award

  • Dean Reilly (Dean Reilly V’s MS) - Portobello, Edinburgh
  • Amanda McTaggart (Wigbank Glasgow) - Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire
  • Jenny Cook (Wee Jenny Cook) - East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire

Carer of the Year

  • Nell Graham (Portobello Monday Centre) - Portobello, Edinburgh
  • Maw’s Mafia (The EK Hangout) - East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
  • Anne Swartz (Kinship Carer Alliance) - Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire

Scotland's Young Real Hero of the Year

  • Danii McArthur (Young Carer) - Barrhead, Glasgow
  • Mitchell Kinnen(Bright Lights Theatre Group) - Blantyre, South Lanarkshire
  • The Volunteers at the Glasgow Disabled Scout Group - Glasgow

Hero Animal of the Year

  • Barra the Dog (K9 Search and Recovery Scotland) - Luss, Argyll and Bute
  • Sid the Horse (Aberdeen RDA) - Milltimber, Aberdeen
  • Ben the Dog (Therapet) - Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire

At the end of each programme this autumn, viewers are invited to vote for the nominees they believe most deserve to win a Scotland’s Real Heroes Award, with the overall winners being recognised at the awards ceremony.

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