Charities shortlisted for ScottishPower Foundation Awards

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Pupils from Oaklands School in Edinburgh who benefit from programmes run by Hearts and Minds.

Seven charities will be in the running for awards at the ceremony in September.

17th July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Seven Scottish charities have been shortlisted for this year’s ScottishPower Foundation Awards.

The awards celebrate benevolent work in local communities the length and breadth of the UK, with winners awarded a £5000 prize.

Among the shortlisted organisations are projects working in sustainability, education and community engagement including Music in Hospitals and Care, Maggie Keswick Jencks Caring Centres Trust, National Autistic Society, Changing Faces, Young Enterprise Scotland, National Museums Scotland and Hearts and Minds.

Nominated projects are judged in four categories including the Innovative Project Award, the Education Award, the Community Impact and Engagement Award and the Charity Champion Award, which highlights the remarkable work of one outstanding employee or volunteer. 

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony at the ScottishPower HQ in Glasgow in September.

Mike Thornton, chair of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “We’re now in the sixth year of the awards and I continue to be impressed by the outstanding work taking place in communities right across the country.

“Through our financial support, these charities are making their mark in areas that we are passionate about including education on sustainable development, STEM and climate change, support for people living in disadvantage and enriching communities through the arts and culture. We’re very proud to support the work they do.”

Stella Litchfield from the National Theatre of Scotland is among those on the judging panel.

She said: “The National Theatre of Scotland has been a recipient of the ScottishPower Foundation’s funding in the past, and we’ve experienced the incredible impact of its support first hand.

“Being part of the awards’ judging process this year has been uplifting and inspiring, and I’m looking forward to the winners’ announcements later this year.”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of making a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. Last year it awarded £1.25m to third sector organisations.