Nominations are already flooding in for The Pride of Edinburgh Awards, which seek to pay tribute to outstanding members of our community.
The awards, launched by the Evening News in conjunction with supporting organisations including sponsor Lidl, will see winners announced in 12 categories such as Community Champion and 999 Hero, before the ultimate Pride of Edinburgh trophy is given to one person who stands out from the rest.
Local radio DJ Grant Stott has already put forward Lynne McNicoll of charity It’s Good to Give as his choice for the main accolade, which is being sponsored by Edinburgh Airport.
“I’ve known Lynne for six or seven years and in that time I’ve seen her work tirelessly to help improve the lives of children with cancer and their families. She’s dedicated her entire life to this cause, and makes a real difference. Her goal is to build a retreat for families and children dealing with cancer, and I have no doubt she will achieve it.”
Also nominating a charity boss was Tommy Sheppard, managing director of The Stand Comedy Club: “My choice would be Maria Macnamara, who set up a charity called Smalls for All after hearing about the health and hygiene problems faced by women and children in Africa who are unable to afford proper underwear.”
Alongside issues of general health, the ability to afford undergarments can also be seen as a status symbol in some poor African communities – a woman who has underclothes is perceived to have either a father, brother or husband looking out for her, and is therefore less vulnerable. “Since 2010 they’ve built up the charity from nothing, and now send over containers full of clothing. In four years they’ve distributed over 63,000 items to those in need.”
And Josh Littlejohn, owner of the Social Bite sandwich shops and organiser of the Scottish Business Awards, has also nominated someone who helps raise money for charity – and who knows what it’s like to need a helping hand.
“I’d like to nominate my employee Joe Hart. When we first met Joe was basically homeless and selling The Big Issue. We gave him a job at Social Bite, where all the profits are split between four different charities.
“It wasn’t always easy for him, but he’s really put in the hours and has worked his way up to being second chef in our main kitchen. I think that’s an effort that deserves to be recognised.”
The award categories are also supported by Queen Margaret University, Lothian Buses, Edinburgh City Council, Central Taxis and Edinburgh Castle. So don’t delay, have a look at the categories today and get nominating.
How to nominate
THE Pride of Edinburgh awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Winners will be announced on Friday, May 16, at the Assembly Rooms.
The easiest way to nominate someone for The Pride of Edinburgh Awards is by visiting www.prideofedinburgh.co.uk.
This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us all about your nominee.
If you prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Pride of Edinburgh Awards, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS. Entries must include your name, address and telephone number.
Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.
The closing date for entries is Monday, April 21.