Support in Mind Scotland supporter Laura Reid was given an emotional standing ovation at the 2019 Scottish Charity Awards on Friday (14 June) after dedicating her Charity Champion Award to her son Calum, who she lost to suicide two years ago.

Since Calum's tragic death Laura and her daughter Heather, from Dunfermline, have campaigned tirelessly to raise mental health awareness and funds for Support in Mind Scotland, establishing an annual charity football match in Calum's name.

They have had tremendous support from their community and generated a lot of positive conversations and awareness around mental health issues, particularly the pressures often facing young men.

It was this outstanding work that impressed the judges at the 2019 Scottish Charity Awards, organised annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

There were loud cheers of delight from the Support in Mind Scotland table at the ceremony in Edinburgh International Conference Centre when Laura was chosen as the winner from four short-listed finalists (Robin Barr - Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland; Eleanor Moffat - Breast Cancer Now/Care and Shona MacKenzie - Macmillan Cancer Support); in the Charity Champion category, and after making a stirring acceptance speech, people rose to applaud Laura for her achievement.

It was a great night for Mental Health, as Toni Giugliano from the Mental Health Foundation picked up the Leading Light award.

The Awards - hosted on the night by Sally Magnusson - celebrate the amazing work that people within charities and community groups do every day, all over the country, to help those in need and raise awareness of important causes.

This year 44 finalists were shortlisted, nine won awards and an additional four received special commendations for their work. The winners were:

  • Charity of the Year: Drake Music Scotland
  • People’s Choice Award: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)
  • Leading Light: Toni Giugliano – Mental Health Foundation
  • Charity Champion: Laura Reid – Support in Mind Scotland
  • Cracking Campaign: Marie Curie and MND Scotland – ‘Social Security in Scotland – a fair definition of ‘terminal illness’’
  • Pioneering Project Move On – Family Food Service
  • Celebrating Communities: Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home
  • Terrific Trustee: Megan Sutherland – Who Cares? Scotland
  • Demonstrating Digital: ENABLE Scotland

You can read more about the Awards on the SCVO website: https://scvo.org.uk/scottish-charity-awards

Pictures: Colin Hattersley Photography