Unsung Hero – Tracey Jolliffe
The 51-year-old, from Cupar, Fife, sacrificed a kidney to save a stranger’s life, donated eggs to three couples to help them have babies, contributed 80 pints to the national blood bank and enrolled on a stem cell donor register. Now she is considering donating a part of her liver for a dying patient. Even in her job as a scientist, she’s a lifesaver – diagnosing dangerous viruses and bacteria to help save patients.
Unsung Hero – John MacKay
As a commander in the London Scottish 1st Battalion, John served in many parts of the Mediterranean, battling against Hitler and the Nazis. He was captured at Torbruk in north Africa but escaped. One of his duties was to repatriate Jews who had survived the Holocaust. This led to him meeting a young Hungarian, Edith Steiner, who would later become his wife. John, who lives in Dundee, is one of Scotland’s few remaining war heroes.
Unsung Hero – Donna Jennings
Donna lost her son Sam, five, when he collapsed on a family day out in 2009. The 47-year-old, from Cupar, vowed to do something positive in his name rather than being consumed by the pain of his loss. The dramatherapist wrote a book to help children cope with difficulties including grief. She founded For the Love of a Child – a charity who raised funds to help buy art materials and toys for kids in Afghanistan. Now she has set up Sam’s House – to offer a safe, therapeutic space for Syrian children in refugee camps in Lebanon.
Unsung Hero & Overall Great Scot 2017 – Jim Snedden
Rescue swimmer Jim spent the last two summers risking his life to pluck helpless refugees from the Mediterranean sea. The firefighter is a volunteer with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) charity, who help immigrants fleeing conflict in Africa and the Middle East via Libya. As well as pulling men, women and children from the overcrowded boats, the dad-of-three has also plucked dozens from the sea who had fallen overboard.
Charity Award – Amanda Kopel
Amanda, wife of late Dundee United legend Frank Kopel, is one of the UK’s top dementia rights campaigners. Last year, the 68-year-old finally won a pledge from FM Nicola Sturgeon to implement Frank’s Law, which will see all people with degenerative conditions supported regardless of age. Amanda is also heavily involved in raising awareness of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – a form of youngeronset dementia associated with repeated sport-related head trauma, which her husband may have had as a result of his career. Amanda has encouraged families of other football legends who suffer from dementia, including Celtic hero Billy McNeill, to come forward and help raise awareness of CTE.
Sport Award – Eilidh Doyle & Zoey Clark
Eilidh was Captain Marvel as she helped the Brits sign off on a high at last year’s World Championships with a silver in the 4x400m relay. Zoey also played her part as she ran the lead leg in the final. The talented duo were the toast of the championships, proving when it comes to British athletics, it is Scots who lead the way. Eilidh, 31, who was captain of Team GB and Northern Ireland at the championships, also won an Olympic bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 Games in Rio. Zoey, 23, a chemical engineering graduate from Aberdeen, scooped gold in the 400m at the British Championships in Birmingham earlier this year. She holds the GB U23 record for the 400m.
Community Champion Award – Fraser Johnston
University sports co-ordinator Fraser, 21, whisks pensioners out of their care homes and into the countryside for a day out they often never forget. He’s hoping to roll out Cycling Without Age across Scotland after a clip of OAPs on his trishaw – also known as a cycle rickshaw – went viral. Fraser, from Larbert, Falkirk, spends every spare minute he has in the saddle, taking care home residents out for trips through the countryside on his trike, which has a front seat for two.
Entertainment Award – Gerry Cinnamon
Gerry created his own musical career his way, with no radio or agent – and has achieved more than many major label acts. His self-released album Erratic Cinematic stunned the music world by entering the iTunes chart at No1. He’s built a massive following through low-key shows, working his way up to packing out big stages at major festivals such as T in the Park and TRNSMT. As if that wasn’t enough, when he announced a date at the Glasgow Barrowland, it sold out in five minutes. So he announced a second gig – which sold out even faster. Gerry shows that you don’t need the music industry, big labels or loads of cash – just raw talent.
National Lottery Project of the Year – Soul Food Sisters
They come from all over the world but their love of food makes them “soul sisters”. Once divided by culture, this incredible group of Glasgow women united through cooking and set up a social enterprise who provide catering for meetings and events. With members from a variety of nationalities, the firm have a deep awareness of obstacles facing migrant womenw. Their aim is to bolster employability potential by providing volunteer positions to develop necessary work skills.
Business Award – Lord Haughey
There are not many Scots who have built a tiny business with only four staff into a global firm employing 12,000 but Glasgow-based entrepreneur Willie is one of them. His company, City Refrigeration Holdings, have grown from humble beginnings in 1985 with a turnover of £100,000 to become the biggest privately-owned facilities management company in Europe with a turnover of £400million.
The working-class Gorbals boy left school at 15 with no qualifications and served an apprenticeship as an air-conditioning and refrigeration engineer. He set up his own business with his wife Susan and today they are the largest private employers in Scotland.
But Willie and Susan have never forgotten their roots. Hundreds of charities in Glasgow have benefited from a huge slice of the £5million they donated in recent years.
Editor’s Choice Award – Craig Alexander Wilson
His skills as Scotland’s top make-up artist were matched only by the speed of his brilliantly witty one-liners. When Craig died on Hogmanay, we lost a huge talent and an even bigger personality. Always the showman, he would arrive in a flurry of air kisses and a cloud of aftershave. With his cheeky patter and a twinkle in his eye, Craig – who was the Sunday Mail’s beauty editor for 16 years – was the life and soul of the paper, spreading joy, laughter and a whole lot of glitter. He lit up every room with his dazzling style and even brighter smile. After his death from heart failure at the age of 38, thousands of tributes poured in for the unforgettable and effervescent star, who brightened the lives of everyone he met. From celebrities such as Lulu, Katie Price and Amy Macdonald to the hundreds of brides whose day he made extra-special, Craig had a magical knack of putting everyone at ease. As well as being a make-up artist and beauty expert, Craig was a regular on shopping channel QVC, selling products for Scotland’s top cosmetic surgeon Dr Darren McKeown. He was also one of Channel 4 show Come Dine With Me’s most memorable stars. Craig had fans the world over but his biggest cheerleaders will always be his mum Carine, dad Alex, brother Greig and partner Will Raeburn.
Lifetime Achievment – James Cosmo
James is one of Scotland’s most recognisable stars. He has appeared in iconic films including Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting and its 2017 sequel T2, as well as blockbusters such as Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and recent superhero smash Wonder Woman. The 70-year-old has also been a familiar face on television, appearing in shows such as Dr Finlay’s Casebook in the 60s through series including Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Shetland and The Durrells to the global phenomenon that is HBO’s Game of Thrones. James, whose father was veteran character actor James Copeland, worked with his own son Ethan in boxing film The Pyramid Texts in 2015. His own career continues to go from strength to strength. Earlier this year, he appeared in BBC World War II drama SS: GB, which brought him back to his roots in Clydebank, where he grew up playing in the craters left by Nazi bombs. He’s even appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, which brought him to the attention of a whole new audience.