Local Hero awards: nominate an Inspirational Young Adult

Joshua Hardwick receives the young adult award from Maggie Wright and. compere Scott Hoatson last year. Picture: Scott Louden
Joshua Hardwick receives the young adult award from Maggie Wright and. compere Scott Hoatson last year. Picture: Scott Louden
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IT’S the perfect way to honour someone who has stood up for a worthwhile cause or has shown exceptional drive and determination in the face of adversity.

Or perhaps they have acted selflessly and shown great bravery in a situation.

The Inspirational Young Adult category in our Local Hero Awards this year is sure to attract a host of entries.


The prize – kindly sponsored by the Omni Centre – seeks to recognise an individual who has shown full commitment to their beliefs, or who has refused to stand for racism or bullying.

Last year’s winner – 16-year-old Joshua Hardwick from North Edinburgh – was recognised for outstanding work in his local community.

The teenager said he was “thrilled” to have achieved the accolade and said it gave him a “real boost” to continue what he does – helping out at food banks and local community groups in his area.

Maggie Wright, marketing consultant at the Omni Centre, said they were proud to be putting their name to the award.

She said: “The Omni Centre is supporting the Local Hero Awards.

“We are very privileged to be involved in such a wonderful event and are delighted to see it go from strength to strength.

“Once again Omni is sponsoring the Inspirational Young Adult category which celebrates the achievements of the city’s unsung heroes. Omni welcomes millions of young people to the centre each year for food, films or to use the fitness facilities and this award recognises the positive impact their everyday actions can have on the lives of others.”

We’re also looking for nominations for the Fundraiser of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Scottish Blood Transfusion.

Judges are looking for individuals who have demonstrated continued commitment to a charity or individual through fundraising support and successfully coordinated fundraising events, giving their own time and effort to help out a good cause.

The Local Hero Awards show that local people can do extraordinary things, but these unsung heroes can only be rewarded if they are nominated.

There’s still plenty of time to put names forward ahead of the awards ceremony on Friday, May 27 at the Assembly Rooms on George Street.

Details on how to nominate can be found at the top of this page.

Euan McGrory, deputy editor of the Evening News, said: “There is no shortage of unsung heroes living in and around Edinburgh. In every area of life and in every community, there are people who go the extra mile day after day to help make Edinburgh and the Lothians the fantastic place it is.”

How to nominate your hero

The Local Hero awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Winners will be announced on Friday, May 27 at the

Assembly Rooms.

The easiest way to nominate someone is to visit www.localheroesedin.co.uk.

This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us about your nominee.

If you would prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to Edinburgh Evening News, The Local Hero Awards, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2HS.

The entry form is available below. 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 nominations is Wednesday, April 27.