2018 Winners

UNSUNG HERO - CHLOE BELL

UNSUNG HERO - CHLOE BELL

The 21-year-old risked her own life to help a stranger after a crash on the M90.

Chloe had been driving home from a night out at the cinema in February when she spotted an overturned car that had careered off the road.

The vehicle could have burst into flames at any moment as smoke billowed from the engine and petrol leaked on the road.

But Chloe volunteered to climb through the rear window of the car after a paramedic, who had also stopped at the scene, feared the badly-injured driver’s airways were becoming restricted.

Chloe was able to hold the man’s head steady while the paramedic checked his injuries. The driver was later rushed to intensive care but survived.

UNSUNG HERO - FIONA BENNETT

UNSUNG HERO - FIONA BENNETT

The former psychiatric nurse was so horrified by the public gang rape of a nine-year-old Yazidi girl by Daesh that she helped amass more than £300,000 of medical supplies for the people of Iraq.

Fiona felt compelled to do something to help after the terror group began attacking Yazidis in 2014, forcing them from their homes in parts of northern Iraq.

From her home 3500 miles away, the mum-of-two sourced feeding tubes, needles, medical gloves, disinfectant wipes and other medical supplies to help the victims.

Fiona collected enough to fill eight shipping containers and launched a Facebook appeal to raise the £14,000 shipping fees. The equipment arrived at the hospital in Sinjar last month and is making life a whole lot better for the refugees being treated there.

UNSUNG HERO - JIM WHITE

UNSUNG HERO - JIM WHITE

Jim has been helping the desperate and needy on the streets of Scotland’s biggest city for more than 60 years.

He is the secretary of the Wayside Club in Glasgow, where up to 100 people gather every night for soup sandwiches, a chat and a game of bingo.

The Wayside was established in 1932 to help the homeless and those suffering hardship or addiction to gambling or alcohol and Jim has been working there for six decades.

The original headquarters was in the city’s Anderston area. These days, it’s located in Midland Street, next to Arches nightclub and offers rough sleepers the chance of a shower and emergency clothing.

The charity, which is operated by the Legion of Mary, relies
completely on donations and get sandwiches from Pret and cakes from
 Lightbody’s and donations from the public.


UNSUNG HERO - ANGIE SIVAGNANASUNDARAM

UNSUNG HERO - ANGIE SIVAGNANASUNDARAM

The mum-of-three has helped reunite more than 3000 people around the world with their long lost loved ones.

Angie is the founder of Missing People Scotland which helps families get back together sometimes after decades and thousands of miles apart.

The 49-year-old and her team of 15 admin volunteers work through a Facebook page, which now has more than 80,000 followers and a reach which extends around the globe.

They have helped to find people that no-one else had been able to trace for people seeking answers about their parents, siblings and friends.

Call centre worker Angie originally set up the page in 2011 to help the family of Susan Marshall, 55, who was missing for 43 days before her body was pulled from Glasgow's River Clyde.

The Missing People Scotland page has also helped raise the profile of missing persons cases such as Paige Doherty, John Murphy and Scott Diver

UNSUNG HERO - CAMERON HOUSE FIREFIGHTERS

UNSUNG HERO - CAMERON HOUSE FIREFIGHTERS

70 firefighters battled the fire at Cameron House last year which claimed the lives of Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson. The crew of retained firefighters from Balloch Community Fire Station heroically saved two-year old Jimmy Logan and his parents. These men and women risk their lives every day to keep us safe.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION - ALEXIS FLEMING

COMMUNITY CHAMPION - ALEXIS FLEMING

When her dog Maggie died suddenly from lung cancer without her by her side, Alexis was devastated.

But she was comforted by the fact that bull mastiff Maggie had passed away at the vets where she had been cared for until her dying breath.

Her pet’s death gave her the inspiration to start up Scotland’s first animal hospice - The Maggie Fleming Animal Hospice, which opened in 2016.

Alexis initially set up the hospice in Moray, where she lived with her partner Adam. But they moved near to Kircudbright where they had enough land to build a purpose-built hospice.

The hospice doesn’t just provide end-of-life care for household pets. There’s also sheep, chickens and farm animals who come to have a final day of their favourite things before slipping away peacefully. They often die while sleeping and always with someone to love and hold them.

EDITOR'S CHOICE - ULLAPOOL & SUNNYSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOLS

EDITOR'S CHOICE - ULLAPOOL & SUNNYSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The two primary schools have been at the forefront of the campaign to get Scotland to ban plastic straws.

Lobbying by pupils in Ullapool led to their Highland village becoming the first place in the UK to be free of plastic drinking straws.

The children at Sunnyside Primary convinced Glasgow City Council to end the use of plastic straws in its public outlets, restaurants and school canteens.

The Ullapool kids persuaded 14 bars, restaurants, cafes and businesses in the Ross-shire beauty spot to stop offering drinking straws or to switch to non-plastic alternatives.

As well as convincing the country's largest authority to ditch straws, the Sunnyside youngsters also persuaded Scotland's biggest ferry operator, Caledonian MacBrayne, to stop offering straws on its
vessels.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - GRAEME SOUNESS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT - GRAEME SOUNESS

Souness is one of the finest Scottish footballers to play the beautiful game.

He started his career as an apprentice at Spurs at 17 before moving on to Middlesbrough, where his game took off.

The midfielder was snapped up for £350,000 by Liverpool in 1978, where he went on to spearhead the most successful period in the club’s history.

Aged 33, he created a footballing earthquake when he took over as player-manager at Rangers in 1986.

He guided the Ibrox club to their first league title in nine years in his first season and went on to shake up Scottish football before leaving to take up the manager’s job at Liverpool in 1991.

His international career was equally stellar, collecting 54 caps and scoring four goals.

He went on to manage a host of clubs in England and around Europe.

Souness is now one of the most popular pundits on Sky Sports.

ENTERTAINMENT - SKIDS

ENTERTAINMENT - SKIDS

Skids are one of a few Scottish acts who can be described as truly iconic, having been huge influences on U2 and Manic Street Preachers among many others.

The groundbreaking punk outfit, fronted by Richard Jobson, emerged from Fife’s mining villages in 1977 to conquer the world with landmark songs such as Into The Valley.

Their song The Saints Are Coming was covered by U2 and Green Day in 2006 to raise money for Hurricane Katrina survivors and made it to No1 all over the globe.

They split in the early 80s but reunited last year and their new album, Burning Cities, went down a storm with fans and critics alike.

With sell-out shows all over the UK, including their Barrowland debut and a landmark performance at the Royal Albert Hall, Skids are back at the cutting edge of music.

BREAKTHROUGH - LEWIS CAPALDI

BREAKTHROUGH - LEWIS CAPALDI

Lewis has been the hottest emerging star in Scotland since his debut single Bruises blew up online last year.

The previously unknown singer-songwriter quickly rocketed to main stages of major festivals as well as selling 50,000 headline show tickets at three back-to-back sold-out tours and racking up more than 250million plays across streaming services.

The 21-year-old has supported Sam Smith, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and Niall Horan among others and has another massive headline tour looming, including two sold-out nights at Barrowland.

He is one of the fastest unsigned artists to reach 25million streams and has three million monthly Spotify listeners.

His latest single Grace reached one million streams in a week and he has 36million video streams.

GREAT SCOT 2018 - CHLOE BELL

GREAT SCOT 2018 - CHLOE BELL

The 21-year-old risked her own life to help a stranger after a crash on the M90.

Chloe had been driving home from a night out at the cinema in February when she spotted an overturned car that had careered off the road.

The vehicle could have burst into flames at any moment as smoke billowed from the engine and petrol leaked on the road.

But Chloe volunteered to climb through the rear window of the car after a paramedic, who had also stopped at the scene, feared the badly-injured driver’s airways were becoming restricted.

Chloe was able to hold the man’s head steady while the paramedic checked his injuries. The driver was later rushed to intensive care but survived.

SPORT AWARD - SCOTTISH WOMEN'S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM

SPORT AWARD - SCOTTISH WOMEN'S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM

In the two decades since France ’98, Scotland has been holding out for heroes to take us back to the World Cup stage.

At last that long wait is over – thanks to a brave band of heroines.

And, fittingly, France will be hosts again next summer when women’s team manager Shelley Kerr leads the nation on a new adventure.

Only nine European nations could qualify and Scotland did so in dramatic style at the nail-biting conclusion of their qualifying group in September.