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Shortlist announced for brand new STV series to celebrate Scotland’s Real Heroes

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The shortlist of community heroes that will feature in RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes, a brand new STV series which will air this autumn, has been revealed.
 
The new STV series, presented by Carol Smillie, will pay tribute to people whose hard work, ingenuity, ambition and generosity has improved local communities across Scotland. The five part series will be on air this autumn and also feature ‘star reporters’ including Taggart and Coronation Street star John Michie, comedian and presenter Fred MacAulay and STV presenters John MacKay and Sean Batty.
 
The shortlist includes deserving Scots from across the country, from Arran to Angus and Edinburgh to Elgin, who do fantastic work in their local area. They have all been nominated by members of the community who think they deserve recognition and will now appear in an STV programme and be visited by star reporters who want to find out more about their stories.
 
At the end of each programme, viewers are invited to vote for the two nominees they believe most deserve to win a Scotland’s Real Heroes Award, with the overall winners being recognised at a celebrity-packed, televised awards ceremony later this year.
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “The response to the call for real heroes has been overwhelming, showing just how many Scots go above and beyond every day with little or no recognition. The judging panel made some tough decisions to get the shortlist to just 30 but when the programmes air this autumn it will be over to the viewers to decide who they think most deserves an award.”
 
RBS: Finding Scotland's Real Heroes is sponsored by RBS in association with The Scottish Sun.
 
Chris Wilson, RBS’s Managing Director of Branch and Private Banking in Scotland, said: "RBS staff were really behind the campaign, both making nominations themselves and encouraging our customers to nominate someone they know who has helped their local community. I was amazed at the number of nominations received and the extremely high calibre of those nominated.
“Being part of the judging panel made me realise there are so many inspiring people across Scotland who have been doing amazing things for their local community without looking for any recognition. It was very tough to get to the final 30."

Scottish Sun editor Andy Harries said: “Judging RBS - Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes was incredibly difficult, because all the entrants deserve recognition for the amazing work they do for their communities. I was deeply moved by the stories of courage, bravery and determination - it was a reminder that Scotland is full of unsung heroes in all walks of life.”
 

SHORTLIST FOR RBS – FINDING SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES SERIES
 
RBS COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Drumchapel Table Tennis Club (Glasgow)
Sikh Sanjog (Edinburgh)
Darling’s Coffee shop (Arbroath)
 
THE SCOTTISH SUN - COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Mairi O’Keefe (North Berwick)
Lillias Snedden (Bo’Ness)
Charlie Kean (Dundee)
 
YOUNG COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Sean Kerr – Action for Children’s Moving On Service (Glasgow)
Dale Young, Scott Hindmarsh & David Loughlin - Ayrshire Communities Education and Sport (Kilwinning)
Cameron Ironside (Glasgow)
 
CARER OF THE YEAR
Val Cameron (Niddrie Edinburgh)
Crossroads (Isle of Lewis)
Jane Wilson (Hamilton)
 
YOUNG CARER OF THE YEAR
Connor Carle (14) (Elgin)
Callum Thorn (15) (Shotts)
Fraser Anderson & Scott Wilson (19&20) (Kirkcaldy)
 
SPORTING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Liz Anderson – Ladies Football (Fife)
Joe McCafferty – Football (Glenrothes)
Alan Soutar - Darts (Angus)
 
SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES COURAGE AWARD
Lynn Murray (Drymen)
Mark Sheldrick & Darroch Fulton (Tarbert)
Arran Mountain Rescue (Isle of Arran)
 
ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Crossgates Green Fingers Group (Fife)
Shettleston Community Growing Project (Shettleston, Glasgow)
De’ils on Wheels (Scotstounhill, Glasgow)
 
 
COMMUNITY ENTERPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Alf Collington - Falkirk Foodbank (Falkirk)
Jason Kelly & Sarah-Jane Cameron  - Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service (Clydebank)
Ngaire Mingham – Transport for Tounge (Tongue, Highlands)
 
YOUNG COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Cyber Support Me (Renfrewshire)
Devon Simpson  - Evolution Dance (Montrose)
Euan Donaldson - First Touch Football (Glasgow)
 
For more information, visit www.stv.tv/realheroes or get involved on Twitter #scotlandsrealheroes
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv