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Scotland's Real Heroes recognised at Awards Ceremony

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Community heroes from across Scotland will be recognised at a star studded awards ceremony on STV, hosted by Carol Smillie.

The hour long programme, RBS – Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes Award Ceremony, will air on STV at 2000 on Friday 15th November.

A total of 11 awards will be handed out by famous faces, including STV’s Sean Batty and actress Elaine C Smith, to deserving Scots who have gone the extra mile to improve the lives of people in their local community.

Earlier this year, Scots were urged to nominate friends, neighbours or groups who they thought deserved to be recognised and, after an overwhelming response from the public, the judging panel revealed a shortlist of nominees. The RBS - Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes series showcased three nominees in ten categories and viewers were invited to vote for the nominee they believed most deserved to receive an award.

The winners in each category will be revealed on STV on Friday 15th November and one special hero, selected from the final category winners, will collect the RBS Scotland’s Real Hero of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “This awards ceremony is a great way to celebrate some truly inspiring Scots who go the extra mile for their community. Over the series we have heard some fantastic true life stories about the nominees and we look forward to rewarding their achievements with an award and revealing the winners on STV.”

RBS: Finding Scotland's Real Heroes is sponsored by RBS. The Scottish Sun is the media partner.

Chris Wilson, RBS’s Managing Director of Branch and Private Banking in Scotland, said: “We're really pleased at how successful the RBS - Finding Scotland's Real Heroes series has been, and both our staff and customers have been watching the programmes and voting for the nominees. It's important to celebrate the people that make a difference to our local communities, so we're looking forward to the giving the heroes the recognition they truly deserve at the award ceremony."

The Scottish Sun’s Andy Harries said: “There are Scots all over the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to help in their communities. These people deserve to be recognised and celebrated. That’s why we are delighted to be involved in the RBS - Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes campaign.”

The following individuals, groups and organisations have been shortlisted for an RBS Real Hero award:

Community Entrepreneur of the Year:
Jason Kelly and Sarah-Jane Cameron – Clydebank
Alf Collington, Falkirk Foodbank – Falkirk
Ngaire Mingham – Tongue, Highlands

Carer of the Year:
Val Cameron - Edinburgh
Jane Wilson - Hamilton
Crossroads - Isle of Lewis

Young Carer of the Year:
Callum Thorn – North Lanarkshire 
Connor Carle – Elgin
Fraser Anderson and Scott Wilson – Kirkcaldy

Environmental Project of the Year:
Crossgates Green Finger group - Fife
Shettleston Growing Project – Shettleston
De’ils on wheels – Drumchapel

Young Community Champion of the Year:
Dale Young, Scott Hindmarsh & David Loughlin (Aces) - Kilwinning
Sean Kerr – Paisley
Cameron Ironside – Drumchapel

Community Project of the Year:
Drumchapel Table Tennis Club – Drumchapel
Sikh Sanjog – Edinburgh
Darling’s Coffee shop – Arbroath

Young Community Entrepreneur of the Year:
Euan Donaldson – Bearsden
Cyber Support Me – Renfrew
Lisa MacKechnie – Bellshill

Sporting Volunteer of the Year:
 Liz Anderson – Leven, Fife
Joe McCafferty – Glenrothes
Alan Soutar – Arbroath

Community Champion of the Year:
Mairi O’Keefe – North Berwick
Lilias Snedden – Bo’Ness
Charlie Kean – Dundee

Scotland’s Real Heroes Courage Award:
Lynn Murray – Drymen
Mark Sheldrick and Darroch Fulton – Tarbert
Arran Mountain Rescue – Isle of Arran

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For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv

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