Local Hero Awards 2015
Friday the 5th of June saw The Edinburgh Evening News' Local Hero Awards take place at the glitzy The Assembly Rooms on George St.
As a proud sponsor Central Taxis was in attendance to see the worthy winners take to the stage to receive their awards, which were hosted by Scott Hoatson of 'Bluestone 42' fame. Some of the wonderful entertainment was provided by comtemporary gospel choir Edinburgh's Got Soul and the Edinburgh School's Rock Ensemble who performed a fantastic rendition of Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer'.
The awards saw people from all walks of life and ages honoured for their bravery, fundraising and the invaluable work they do in their local community and further afield. A poignant tribute was made when the overall category of 'Edinburgh's Local Hero' was awarded to the late Jak Trueman. Jak's parents and grandparents were there to accept the award on his behalf. Jak tragically succumbed to cancer in February this year and was awarded for his bravery and dedication to fundraising for a cure in th final months of his too short life.
All of us here at Central Taxis were delighted to get involved in the event again as a sponsor and are already looking forward to next year. Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees who hunbled us with their stories.
CARER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Sharon Duncan is a foster carer who looks after a young person with a life-threatening condition.
RUNNERS-UP: Caroline Martin has cared for her husband for nearly ten years after he suffered a stroke.
Nicola Hogg fosters babies.
Pappender Singh, 36, became his wife’s carer after she suffered from a stroke.
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WINNERS: Safezone Volunteers help provide support, advice and first aid to those vulnerable as a result of alcohol misuse.
RUNNERS-UP: Bryan Finlay is Community
Resuscitation Development Officer for South East Scotland.
David Steel helps Queensferry RNLI.
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WINNER: Martin Graham was hailed a “real-life superhero” after rescuing two drowning boys.
RUNNERS-UP: Cassie Gunn was born with neurofibromatosis but still finds the courage to support friends and family.
Jay Mackay sprinted from his bus to help an old man who had fallen and hit his head.
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WINNERS: David Marshall and Thomas Lynch created Dads Rock to help give fathers time with their children.
RUNNERS-UP: Lauren Knight set up a city branch of postnatal depression support group PANDAS.
Arthur Mathieson helped set up the Edinburgh North East Foodbank in Leith.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: David Anderson of West Calder High School
RUNNERS-UP: Juliet McCann is principal teacher in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Jonathan Payne is a biology teacher at West Calder High School and head of the S6 Charity committee.
WINNER: Professor Mike Dixon, of the Western General Hospital, is a world-leading expert in treating breast cancer.
RUNNERS-UP: Lynn Atkinson, 38, works with brain injury charity Edinburgh Headway Group.
Joe Mountford Smith cares for and supports people with learning disabilities.
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CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL SPORT
WINNER: Craig Fraser has been at Forrester Rugby Club for more than 30 years as a player and a coach.
RUNNERS-UP: John McCallum recently won a coaching award.
Les Atkinson has been involved in youth football for more than 15 years.
FUNDRAISER OR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Lynne McNicoll raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for various charities.
RUNNERS-UP: Dean Reilly devoted his time to fundraising for the MS Therapy Centre.
Campaigner Gordon Aikman, 30, has motor neurone disease and has raised more than £250,000 for research.
Jonathon Fotheringham, 16, raised nearly £8000 for the Edinburgh Cancer Centre within the Western General Hospital.
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NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR
WINNER: David Taylor risked his life to rescue an elderly neighbour from a house fire.
RUNNERS-UP: Varri Laing helps family, neighbours and friends with housework, shopping and personal problems.
Tracey Byrne is “kind, considerate and supportive” to all her neighbours.
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INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG ADULT
WINNER: Joshua Hardwick, 15, is a board member of Tenants and Residents In Muirhouse and North Edinburgh Young People’s Forum.
RUNNERS-UP: Terri Smith, 20, is MSYP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, and is battling a brain tumour .
Jak Trueman, 15, dedicated his last weeks to fundraising for charity as he battled a rare form of blood cancer.
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SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Pilrig Park School.
RUNNERS-UP: Craigroyston High and Liberton High.
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CHILD OF ACHIEVEMENT
WINNER: Chantelle Cummings is a top pupil despite battling a brain condition.
RUNNERS-UP: Hannah Fee, six, was born eight weeks premature with cerebral palsy but has battled the condition with courage and good humour.
Rachel Cameron is a member of the East Lothian badminton team and helps out at a disabled badminton club.
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THE LOCAL HERO AWARD
WINNER: Jak Trueman, 15, of Mid Calder, dedicated his last weeks to fundraising as he battled a rare form of blood cancer. He raised over £50,000 for leukaemia and lymphoma research and kick-started the fundraising for Team Jak.
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