Bravery Award

Logan Carr 

Logan needed a wheelchair to get around in December last year after chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, left him too weak to walk. Now after months of treatment Logan has his strength back – and has even scaled to the top of an indoor climbing wall.

Lucy Renwick

Lucy’s life as she knew it changed when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2020, aged 3.  Since being diagnosed the bravery Lucy has shown whilst going through her treatment is absolutely inspirational and always with a smile on her face.

Oliver Flight

On the 31st July 2021 a 4 and a half month old baby rolled over and started suffocating. Oliver Flight then 3 saw she was blue and went to get help. She spent 24 hours in hospital and is safe now. But would not have been had Oliver not shown bravery and raised the alarm.

Sophie Walker 

Sophie first got cancer in October 2017 and had to have surgery to remove her left kidney. After 18 months in remission the cancer had returned. Sophie had to undertake even more gruelling treatments, all during lockdown. Sophie is once again in remission and throughout it all, she has always tried to smile and keep upbeat.

Junior local hero

Michael Reilly 

During the lock down The MSTC was under considerable risk due to Covid. Michael’s dad has MS and to show support he started by shaving his hair and then he did a 5k every single day for the entire month of June. Michael ended up raising over £5k which was then used to fund outreach physio therapy for ms sufferers who couldn’t afford to pay for it themselves. 

Logan Carr 

Logan needed a wheelchair to get around in December last year after chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, left him too weak to walk. Now after months of treatment Logan has his strength back – and has even scaled to the top of an indoor climbing wall.

community champion

Nicole Harland  -

Nicole has been a brownie leader for over 10 years.. During lockdown she ran weekly sessions and dropped arts and crafts activity packs to more than 100 local kids for each session. As soon as restrictions eased she ran outdoor brownies sessions and did a group rota to make sure everyone got to attend.

Margaret Pagliarulo  

Margaret built up the Clovenstone Kitchen during lockdown giving families recipes, Ingredients and a cook along video from different staff in Clovenstone to help families cook healthy meals for their children. She also runs the community foodbank giving the families in the community food it ran all through lockdown and still continues to.

Donna Sawyers 

Donna set up the Big Blue Van Xmas Food Appeal last Christmas and gathers lots of food for the Edinburgh food project. She and her volunteers worked tirelessly for weeks in the run up to Christmas making sure families wouldn’t go hungry over the festive period.

fundraiser of the year

Richard Roncero  

Richard, Founder of Steps To Hope, travelled to Newcastle to spend seven nights sleeping rough. This experience helped to raise thousands of pounds to support homeless people living with addiction in Edinburgh. Richard also hosts 5 soup provisions feeding up to 500 people weekly, and runs a Recovery Accommodation housing 13 individuals who are seeking sobriety. 


Showcase is an Edinburgh based musical theatre company who have supported Macmillan Cancer Support for over 30 years. To date, showcase have raised over £312,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, an unbelievable achievement. The money Showcase have raised is enough to fund a Macmillan Nurse for 2 years and the Cancer Information and Support Team on the Macmillan Support Line for almost 6 weeks, Helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. 

Olivia Strong 

During lockdown, Olivia set up the Run For Heroes - a virtual fundraising challenge on social media that asked people to run 5k, donate £5 and nominate 5 others to do the same. This fundraiser went on to raise over £7 million for the NHS Charities Covid-19 appeal. Even more impressively, it encouraged over 1.5 million people across the UK to get active during a time of so much uncertainty. Moreover, after the event - she turned Run For Heroes into a charity body in Scotland - with the main goal to get more people active. 

health champion

Joe Alubaid 

Joe worked all the way through COVID19 lockdown for Specsavers helping to ensure they could provide eye care to the community, He personally delivered emergency spectacles to adults and children. He maintained social distancing and Covid hygiene measures. In addition, he provided the admin of I Love Morningside, ensuring everyone felt connected and maintained the high morale of the community.

Gary Amos 

Gary has put his time into setting up the Adam Amos Foundation in honour of his son, Adam, who died in January 2019 after taking deadly fake Xanax. Gary is now aiming to help others in Edinburgh through an army of volunteers, many of whom are attempting to recover from their own addictions.

Nicola Bird  

In January 2011, Nicola Bird offered help to a friend to get fit for her wedding. This only led to bigger and better things for Nicola. By popular demand, her fun running hobby quickly turned into a well established running club, “Pink Laydeez”, with over 80 members attending her weekly running sessions and fitness classes. Nicola believes in everyone and has helped many women and families become more confident and fit all while having fun. 

David McLean  

David was medically retired from the police force as a result of an injury sustained in the course of his work. This has had a profound detrimental impact on his mental health. However, he has used his own experience to support others, encouraging them to talk to friends and family about their feelings. As a result, hundreds benefit daily from his social media posts. He is not only raising awareness of the importance of men's mental health but is actively fighting to support it by providing a platform for others struggling with their mental health through his Instagram page @yoor_mental

inspirational young adult

Jaime Sutherland 

Jamie is only 18 but has already raised a significant amount of money for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland in memory of her dad, Dave Sutherland who suffered a fatal heart attack when Jaime was only 3. When Jaime was 16 she decided to start raising money for CHSS in her dad’s memory and raised over £2,500 in 2019. This year Jaime did a skydive, raising £1,260 and still counting.

Jordan Thomson 

Jordan is a community volunteer with Street Soccer Scotland who provide award winning free community football programmes for young people and adults. Jordan has overcome issues in his own life including recent homelesness and has given hundreds of hours in the last last in a community coaching role at free football sessions for adults with learning difficulties, free youth football sessions in Moredun, Leith, Wester Hailes amd Muirhouse, a wide range of adult programmes and activities and has been simply outstanding in everything he has achieved with Street Soccer Scotland.

music & arts Award

Chief Radio  

Chief Radio was created to give a platform for unsigned and independent musicians to get their music onto the radio in Scotland. They have featured well over 250 unsigned artists. They have also raised over £15,000 for local charities in their first year including their “daunder” for Cancer Research U.K. and their Award Party for Girlguiding Edinburgh this year.

Amanda Rogers  

Amanda worked tirelessly during lockdown to create local events which celebrate community. This is through two projects: Cinescapes:Redrawing Edinburgh - in which she worked with City Archives to create a 15 minute film made from local and national archives which was shown in areas which became part of Edinburgh in 1920 And Cinescapes Festival. A celebration of Scottish film in the areas which inspired them. The film season kicked off with Trainspotting in Leith. 

neighbour of the year

Angela Lennie 

Angela’s neighbour's daughter took extremely unwell last year and was rushed to hospital where she stayed for 3 weeks. Angela was by her neighbours side every step of the way, sleeping on hospital chairs and sitting with the children in order to give them a break. Angela battles with her own disability but not once did she complain. She would take her neighbour to hospital day or night just to help. 

Jane Russell 

Jane has created a charity that has provided fresh food for those in the local community in greatest need. She works solely using donations and lots of volunteers. Recipients receive enough food for fresh meals throughout the week. Throughout lockdown the list of dependants grew incredibly and Jane and her team did not leave anyone without fresh food.  

sustainable school award

Cramond Primary School 

Cramond Primary School has worked hard to create a new generation of sustainable thinkers. Much of what the children do is geared around taking action; on both a local and global scale. The children have been engaging with the sustainability goals through their curriculum. In outdoor education the children helped to improve biodiversity by making seed bombs and planting food in the school garden. 

Cornbank Primary School  

Cornbank Primary School is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all learners. Cornbank actively seeks Global Citizenship opportunities for children and staff to participate in and lead. There are 6 Pupil Voice Groups: Eco, Knights for Rights, Fairtrade, Junior Road Safety Officers, Digital, and Sports and Health and Well Being groups. Cornbank was the first Midlothian school to be awarded 7 Green Flags. 

Southdale Primary School 

Southdale primary has been open for 5 years. This year the curriculum has been designed to put Learning for Sustainability at its heart. Some work in this area has already been undertaken and proved to be an inspiring success. Pupils have taken part in planting a Southdale Community Wood within the school ground and taking part in I Bike initiatives to encourage sustainable transport.

volunteer of the year

Hazel Gowans -

Hazel runs MuzzleMutts - a lost dog search and rescue, She works all hours day and night to help rescue lost dogs, Hazel does all this on a voluntary basis asking for nothing in return. Her reward is getting an animal home safely and being an ambassador for animals who cannot speak for themselves.

David Flucker 

David is a 99 year old volunteer for St Columba's Hospice charity shop in Ocean Terminal. He travels by bus from Corstorphine to Leith four days a week. In 2018 David donated a model boat which is displayed in the Hospice, it was all hand-crafted taking him 18 months to make. Since then he has made from scratch and donated three working electric model railway sets which he displayed in the Ocean Terminal shop window and raffled then donated all the ticket sales to the Hospice funds, the latest raised £3,680. 

Empty Kitchens 

Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts - the community organisation which has provided Edinburgh residents with over a million meals since the start of the pandemic. To feed 1,100 people every day, the organisation needs 3,500 volunteers a week. Each and every person who has volunteered their time over the last year has made a huge impact on the lives of so many vulnerable Edinburgh locals and should be celebrated as the heroes they are.

Ellie McKenna 

Ellie has been volunteering for the Boghall Drop Inn Centre in Bathgate for the past 18 months. Even though she was only 13 when the pandemic started she has volunteered to help deliver food parcels to those shielding. She helped deliver hot meals every weekend, Saturday and Sundays to the elderly in the community, and over the Summer holidays 2021, Ellie has continued to volunteer every Monday evening for 4 hours straight after school, to help with the Monday club, for primary school kids age 4-12. 

teacher of the year

Stewart Atkinson  

Stewart is an outdoor learning specialist dedicated to ensuring all at St Andrew's Fox Covert RC Primary access and connect with the outdoors. Stewart's passion for wellbeing and curriculum building in the outdoors shines through in all that he does. His nurture work, based in the wild spaces on Corstorphine Hill as a place for learning, offered some of our most vulnerable learners a chance to grow, relax, explore and share their unique shine in ways none of us could have ever expected. 

Bruce Murray 

Letham Mains is a new school which was established in 2019. Bruce Murray is the headteacher and has done so much to build a brand new school without an actual school.  Mr Murray goes over and above his teaching duties to make the school inclusive and welcoming. He has dedicated his own time to create and run clubs before and after school. Two notable clubs are the 'Breakfast with a Book' and running club. You will also find Mr Murray every morning and afternoon in the playground to greet families and pupils, as well as every breaktime playing football or in the sandpit.

carer of the year

Linda Courtney  

Linda is a carer for Edinburgh council, but also cared for her late husband Kevin who sadly passed away from motor neurone disease and more recently her sister Diane who suffered from MS. Even on days off, Linda visit’s her old patients she has cared for and holds a yearly fundraiser to raise much needed funds for the MND charity. 

Alison Morrison -

Alison has cared for her in-laws with dementia as well as caring for her daughter who has cerebral palsy and her her mother who has a brain tumour. This is all while working full time for Call-In home care as a Community Carer and volunteering for a meal train whereby she takes meals to vulnerable people in and around her area.

Amanda Thomson 

Amanda goes above and beyond with her elderly clients . She currently works for care in the community and uses her own money to buy bedding, household goods and clothing for clients who are unable to do so. Many of them phone her asking for advice at all times even if she is on holiday and she is more than happy to help.

The edinburgh local hero award

The Edinburgh Local Hero Award

This award is the highlight of the night and will be awarded to an individual who the judging panel considers to be Edinburgh’s Local Hero. The award will go to someone who judges believe stand out above all other nominations. All finalists from all categories are in with the chance of winning the Local Hero Award. The Local Hero Award will look to reward someone who has done something truly remarkable.

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