She’s never considered herself a hero – but Danielle Lewis has been nominated for this year’s Health Champion at our Local Hero Awards after making a difference people’s lives.
The 24-year-old mum-of-two was astounded to discover she is in the running to being crowned the winner, and couldn’t believe people had taken time out to recommend her.
And there is still time left to nominate someone you think is worthy of an accolade at the prestigious event – which will take place at the Assembly Rooms in George Street on May 12.
It’s the perfect way to honour someone you know that has stood up for a worthwhile cause or inspired others.
This week we are highlighting our Health Champion and Bravery Award categories.
Danielle has been nominated after she set up an exercise class with a difference at a series of locations across Midlothian.
The class, named ‘Clubbercise’, gives people the chance to do exercise in the dark, while dancing along to club music waving glow sticks.
Danielle said the class is beneficial for people that aren’t confident enough to attend a mainstream class.
She said: “I’m completely overwhelmed that people have taken the time to nominate me for this award. I don’t really see what I do as anything special because I love it.
“I’ve always had an interest in dancing and working in a restaurant full-time really wasn’t for me.
“So many people have told me I’ve made a difference to their lives and it feels good to know I’ve helped people.
“Clubbercise doesn’t feel like work to me because I love what I do.”
If Danielle is shortlisted, she will attend the glittering event alongside several other finalists and 300 guests.
This week, we are also encouraging our readers to nominate someone who has shown a major act of bravery.
Last year, courageous Heather Duff took home the accolade after overcoming a rare case of cervical cancer.
She used her experience to help others and embarked on a series of charity events.
Euan McGrory, deputy editor of the Evening News, is encouraging readers to nominate their unsung heroes before it’s too late.
He said: “The Local Hero Awards aims to honour the talented and the brave, the compassionate and the determined. The people who make Edinburgh and the Lothians what it is today.
“These awards will shine a light on these stories and honour that courage. These unsung individuals are our true heroes and should be an inspiration to us all.”
To nominate your local hero, or buy tickets for the event, visit www.localheroesedin.co.uk
More information about the event, sponsored by Farmer Autocare, can be found on our Facebook event on the Edinburgh Evening News page.
The closing date for all nominations is Friday, April 14.