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RBS: Finding Scotland's Real Heroes returns to STV

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The third series of RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes returns to STV to celebrate people whose tireless effort, resourcefulness, and kindness has improved local communities across Scotland.
 
The series, sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland, will begin tonight (Monday 5th October) at 8pm with a special launch show – RBS-How to be a Real Hero, where actors Jayd Johnson and Ron Donachie catch up with four winners from the 2014 series to see how being voted a winner has changed their lives, and the projects they work with. The show also gives advice to viewers on how they can get involved in helping in their local communities and become real heroes themselves.
 
The series continues on Monday 26th October featuring the individuals who have been nominated by the public and selected by a special jury. Across the five episodes, a line up of ‘star reporters’ including Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave), actress and singer Clare Grogan and Commonwealth Gold medallist swimmer Hannah Miley will visit each of the nominees and interview them about their work in the community and their thoughts on the nomination for an award.
 
This year’s shortlist includes deserving Scots from across the country, from Stonehaven to West Calder, and Nairn to Cupar. Categories including RBS 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.
 
At the end of each programme, viewers are invited to vote for the nominees they believe most deserving of an award, with the overall winners being announced at a glittering, star studded televised awards ceremony later in the year.
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “The time has come to highlight the outstanding work modestly carried out by each of this year’s nominees. We look forward to celebrating the enormous achievement of each of these individuals who make a real difference in their local community.  Each story tells of a remarkable accomplishment and is very moving – all the finalists are considered to be most deserving however it is the STV viewers that decide who will receive an award.”
 
Chris Wilson, Royal Bank of Scotland’s Managing Director of Branch and Private Banking in Scotland said:  "Everyone at Royal Bank of Scotland is looking forward to finding out more about this year’s incredible finalists. We think it’s important to celebrate those people who go that extra mile for their community. Each one of the finalists is deserving of recognition and we are all looking forward to seeing who the public choose."
 
PROGRAMME INFORMATION FOR THE THIRD SERIES OF RBS: FINDING SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES
 
Programme One – RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes
Monday 26th October 2015, 2000
 
SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES COURAGE AWARD
Allison Barr - Mid Calder
Paul Surgeon - Kirkintilloch
Suzanne Davies - Newtonhill
 
YOUNG REAL HERO OF THE YEAR
Leah-Grace Kean - Glasgow
Lee Falconer - Glasgow
Best Buddies Edinburgh - Edinburgh
 
Programme Two – RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes
Monday 2nd November 2015, 2000
 
COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Ashley McIIvenny (Include Me 2 Club) - Barrhead, Glasgow
John O’Byrne (The John O’Byrne Foundation) - Bellahouston, Glasgow
Jessie Douglas (Richmond’s Hope) - Niddrie, Edinburgh
 
HERO ANIMAL OF THE YEAR
Damson the Dog (Canine Partners) - Buckstone, Edinburgh
Jewel the Pony (Ravelrig RDA) - Ravelrig, Edinburgh
Spike the Dog (Hearing Dogs for Deaf People) - Cupar, Fife
 
Programme Three – RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes
Monday 9th November 2015, 2000
 
CARER OF THE YEAR         
Karen Anderson (Carers United) - Evanton
David Forbes (Future Choices) - Aberdeen
East Kilbride Dementia Carer’s Group - East Kilbride
 
FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR
Liz Smilie - Prestwick
Tom Gilzean - Edinburgh
Linzi O’Neil - Fife
 
Programme Four – RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes
Monday 16th November 2015, 2000
 
HERO MUM OR DAD OF THE YEAR
Susan Hunter - Penicuik
Vicky Walker - Nairn
Joe and Betty Middleton - Bathgate
 
SPORTING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR             
Carol Jones - Kelvingrove, Glasgow
Gregor Gardner - Hallglen, Falkirk
Janice Millar - Darvel, Ayrshire
 
Programme Five – RBS: Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes
Monday 23rd November 2015, 2000
 
HERO NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR
John O’Hara - East Glasgow
Donna Fitzpatrick - Fullerton, Irvine
Margaret ‘Mum’ Miller - Springboig, Glasgow
 
RBS COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Paragon Music - Glasgow
The Social Bite - Edinburgh
The Coming Home Centre - Glasgow
 
Ends
 
For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 
 
Richard Holligan
0141 300 3416/ 07803 970 143
richard.holligan@stv.tv
 
Gemma Higlett
0141 300 3296
gemma.higlett@stv.tv