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Shortlist announced for third series of RBS: Finding Scotland's Real Heroes

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Today, a shortlist of Scottish heroes has been unveiled ahead of the third series of RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes on STV to recognise people who have dedicated their time to local communities across Scotland.
 
A judging panel including John Boyle, chairman of Hamilton Portfolio Ltd and Motherwell FC, Managing Director of Branch and Private Banking in Scotland at Royal Bank of Scotland, Chris Wilson and Michael Shanks, member of the 77th Disabled Scout group which took home the RBS Young Real Hero of the Year award last year, gathered to narrow down the nominations received for this year’s show.
 
Elizabeth Partyka, fellow judge and deputy director of channels at STV said: “The series is a great opportunity to shine a light on people working tirelessly in communities to help improve the lives of others. We have seen an overwhelming response to this year’s call for nominations across Scotland and there are some truly inspiring stories to be told. The shortlist of nominees will be visited by our celebrity reporters throughout the show and it will be over to STV viewers to vote for the nominees they believe most deserving of an award.”
 
The series, presented by Carol Smillie and sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland returns to STV later this year. This year’s shortlist includes deserving Scots from across the country, from Stonehaven to West Calder, and Nairn to Cupar.
 
Categories including Community Project of the Year and Hero Animal of the Year will return again this year as well as two new additional award categories including Hero Mum or Dad 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.
 
Chris Wilson, Managing Director of Branch and Private Banking in Scotland at Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It is a real honour to be part of the judging panel again this year. It’s important to celebrate the people that make a real difference in our local communities – especially those who would otherwise go unrecognised - and I think that every person on the shortlist is a deserving winner. Everyone at The Royal Bank of Scotland is getting behind the series again this year and we are all looking forward to finding out more about the finalists when the series airs later this year.”
 
SHORTLIST FOR SERIES THREE RBS: FINDING SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES SERIES

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
 
For more information, visit www.stv.tv/realheroes or get involved on Twitter #scotlandsrealheroes or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/scotrealheroes.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 
Gemma Higlett
gemma.higlett@stv.tv
0141 300 3296