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Campaigner Laura Reid, who has worked tirelessly to raise mental health awareness and funds for Support in Mind Scotland since the loss of her son Calum, has been short-listed in the Charity Champion category at the Scottish Charity Awards 2019.

It is the second year in a row Support in Mind Scotland have made the prestigious finals, following Jenny Hastings short-listing in the same category in 2018.

Laura, from Dunfermline, has helped raised around £10,000 for Support in Mind Scotland and has encouraged people to open up about their mental ill-health, since Calum's death in 2017. She has also established an annual charity football match in Calum's name, with the help of her daughter Heather, Calum's friendship  group, and the local community.

Our fundraising Manager Colin Leslie said: "Support in Mind Scotland is delighted to see Laura Reid shortlisted in the category of Charity Champion in the 2019 Scottish Charity Awards. Since losing her son to suicide, Laura has done so much to raise mental health awareness and to ensure that Calum’s story can help others. Her nomination is richly deserved.”

Laura's has two chances of winning an award at the finals night in Edinburgh on Friday, 14 June. As well as being short-listed for the Charity Champion award, she is also in contention of the People's Choice award - which is a public vote, open until 17 May. You can place your vote for Laura by clicking the link HERE.

The finalists for this year’s Scottish Charity Awards were announced today (Friday, 3 May).

Run annually by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the awards are open to any voluntary organisation, charity, community group or individual charity volunteer or staff member, and celebrate the life-changing work they do and their dedication to making Scotland a better place to live.

 The shortlist includes 44 individuals and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland. The full shortlist is:

 

Cracking campaign

British Heart Foundation Scotland - Nation of Lifesavers

Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) - Right Here, Right Now

Carr Gomm - Team Carr Gomm

MND Scotland & Marie Curie - Social Security in Scotland – a fair definition of ‘terminal illness’

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust - Maggie's Penguin Parade

Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust (MAEDT) - I’m Back Caring – Clean the River

 

Charity champion

Robin Barr - Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland

Eleanor Moffat - Breast Cancer Now

Laura Reid - Support in Mind Scotland

Shona MacKenzie - Macmillan Cancer Support

 

Pioneering project

Deafblind Scotland - Connect to Support Programme

Ecologia Youth Trust - Growing2gether

Intercultural Youth Scotland - Equality, equity & Justice!  

Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home - Companionship in the Community

The Unforgotten Forces consortium - Unforgotten Forces

Move On - Family Food Service

 

Leading light

Fatima Ramzan - Dundee International Women’s Centre

Morag Francis - Royal Blind

Toni Giugliano  - Mental Health Foundation

Craig Wilson - Big Hearts Community Trust

 

Celebrating communities

Harlawhill Day Care Centre

Give a Dog a Bone… and an animal a home 

I Am Me Scotland

The Attic SCIO

The Super Power Agency

Bridgend Farmhouse

 

Terrific trustee

Megan Sutherland - Who Cares? Scotland

Moray Macdonald - Scouts Scotland

John Baxter - Blood Bikes Scotland

Julian Reeves - Seamab

Pamela Scott - Big Hearts Community Trust

Liz Leonard - Scottish Refugee Council

 

Demonstrating digital

Inclusive Skating

Alzheimer Scotland

Scottish Book Trust

ENABLE Scotland

Children’s University Scotland

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

 

Charity of the year

RZSS

Drake Music Scotland

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

Scottish Cot Death Trust

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust

Young Enterprise Scotland

 

Winners will be announced at the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 14 June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The evening will begin with a red carpet welcome for guests, a drinks reception with networking followed by a three course dinner. The highlight will of course be the awards ceremony, where hundreds of guests will hear more about out finalists before the winners are revealed.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “I am so looking forward to this year’s Scottish Charity Awards – we have a staggering 44 finalists, which highlights the diverse variety of fantastic work that’s being going on in Scotland’s voluntary sector over the past 12 months.

"The Awards are a great way of celebrating and recognising those working to better our communities, and as in previous years, the calibre of this year’s finalists highlights their creative and innovate approaches to finding solutions to support their communities during challenging times.  All of our finalists are so deserving and I would encourage people to support their favourite by voting in the People’s Choice Award.”