Support in Mind Scotland director Nicole Bell says she is "immensely humbled" to be short-listed in the Terrific Trustee category at the Scottish Charity Awards.

Nicole was nominated for her outstanding service to the charity which has included serving on the board and contributing to our new five-year strategy, a 100-mile fundraising challenge on a fold-up bike, and playing a leading role in the relaunch of Support in Mind Scotland's popular One in A Hundred children's book.

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Scottish Charity Awards celebrate the best of Scotland’s voluntary sector. Nicole and her fellow finalists will find out on 25 September who will join this year's roll of honour.

Support in Mind Scotland supporter and ambassador Laura Reid, who like Nicole lives in Dunfermline, was a winner in the 2019 Scottish Charity Awards, enjoying a memorable night last summer when she was named Scotland's Charity Champion.

This year’s shortlist includes 45 individuals and organisations from charities and voluntary groups across the country, with all finalists in with a second chance of success in the People's Choice vote. The full list of finalists can be found on the SCA website.

While a judging panel will determine the winners in the eight distinct categories, members of the public can have their say by voting for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award. You can do this by visiting scvo.org.uk/vote, before 5pm on Friday 4 September 2020.

Click this link to vote for Nicole in the People's Choice category

Nicole said: "I am immensely humbled at having been shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Charity Awards. 

"Understanding the difference Support in Mind Scotland makes to the lives of people affected by mental ill health across Scotland, and having grown up with a parent affected by enduring mental illness, it would be impossible for me to be anything other than a passionate trustee and advocate for the organisation’s incredible work. 

"It is a privilege to play a small part in an organisation doing so much for so many. At a time when the third sector’s role in supporting our communities has never been more vital, I am delighted the Scottish Charity Awards create the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the immensely valuable work of Scotland’s charities. It is a real honour to be part of it."

Support in Mind Scotland's Fundraising & Communications Manager Colin Leslie said: "Nicole – who has lived experience as a carer for a family member affected by mental illness - provides a dynamic young voice on our board and always offers fresh insight, input and ideas.  Nicole is highly respected for being dutiful, diligent, dedicated and thoroughly supportive of her fellow trustees, the staff team and the people SiMS supports.

"We are thrilled that she has been short-listed as a finalist in this year's Scottish Charity Awards and we will all be rooting for her to pick up the award on the night."

Nicole and her partner Jack went the extra mile (120 miles actually) last summer when they took to their fold-up bikes to cycle from Support in Mind Scotland's Edinburgh service at the Stafford Centre to our friends Flourish House in Glasgow, and back again - splitting their fundraising efforts between the two mental health charities.

Due to the impact of coronavirus, this year the Awards will run a little differently. Winners will be announced on 25 September (rescheduled from June) and will now take place online so that all finalists and attendees who wish to attend are still able to join the celebrations in a safe way, regardless of lockdown phase or shielding status.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “Much of the work celebrated this year predates the pandemic. All aspects of our lives have been disrupted in 2020.

"Our communities and the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises they rely on have been under enormous pressure. Scotland’s voluntary sector has never been more needed and will be essential to Scotland’s recovery.

"At SCVO we know that fantastic work is going on all the time and we are delighted to celebrate these achievements and successes through the Scottish Charity Awards.

“This year’s shortlist of 45 finalists showcases just how diverse our voluntary sector is, and highlights the fantastic work that has been going on across the country since the last Awards until March this year.

"The Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising the people and organisations who make our voluntary sector a crucial part of every part of life in Scotland. Our finalists are fantastic and I would encourage everyone to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”