Scottish Charity Awards finalists revealed

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The nominees for the eighth annual Scottish Charity Awards have been announced

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24th April 2015 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

The finalists for the 2015 Scottish Charity Awards have been revealed.

Thirty one individuals and organisations from the length and breadth of the country are in the running for seven awards with the winners to be announced at a ceremony on 4 June.

The annual event, which is in its eighth year and returns to Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms for the second year in a row, celebrates the best of Scotland’s third sector organisations and individuals.

As well as returning categories – Charity of the Year, Cracking Campaign, Perfect Partnership, Celebrating Communities and Charity Champion – a new Digital Dynamo award has been introduced for 2015.

Replacing last year’s one off Sporting Chance award it celebrates organisations working to improve digital participation in Scotland.

The entries we received paint a picture of inspirational people, projects, charities and services across the whole of Scotland

The five organisations selected as Digital Dynamo finalists are: Visibility, Link Group Ltd, Volunteer Midlothian, Craigshill Good Neighbour Network and Citizens Online.

Nominated for Charity of the Year 2015 are Home-Start Glasgow South, Birchwood Highland, MND Scotland, Stonewall Scotland, YDance (Scottish Youth Dance Ltd) and CVS Inverclyde.

Four finalists have been selected for the Charity Champion award, including a posthumous nomination for Donald Stirling who fought for the rights of people with learning disabilities.

Also nominated in the category are Matthew McVarish, Fiona Burnett and Pearl McCourt.

A full list of shortlisted finalists for every category is available on the Scottish Charity Awards Website.

Martin Sime, the chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which organises the awards, said: “This year’s Scottish Charity Awards is set to be another fantastic celebration.

“The entries we received paint a picture of inspirational people, projects, charities and services across the whole of Scotland. It’s an important reminder of the drive and determination shown by so many staff and volunteers in the third sector every day.

“Good luck to the shortlisted finalists and thank you to everyone who applied and shared their fantastic stories with us.”

All finalists are entered into the People's Choice Award category. This gives their supporters and members of the public the chance to vote for their favourite overall entry.

Online voting for the People's Choice Award is open until 5pm on Friday 8 May.